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Ponant's Le Commandant Charcot to launch in 2020

Ponant's Le Commandant Charcot is scheduled to launch in 2020, before delivery in 2021. 

The hybrid electric polar exploration vessel propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will offer its guests exciting journeys.

Ponant, a leading cruise line offering luxury expeditions, had announced the order of Le Commandant Charcot in December 2017, and the ship’s traditional steel cutting ceremony was held in November 2018. The keel laying took place in Tulcea, Romania, on December 14, at the Vard shipyard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri. This second key stage in the construction of the vessel is on schedule.

It will incorporate all the latest innovations in environmental protection, making PONANT a model of excellence in responsible tourism.

The new ship is said to be the first exploration vessel to surpass the ecological standards set out in international regulations. Designed for intense polar explorations, and with PC2 Polar Class certification, it will be able to reach exceptional destinations such as the Geographic North Pole and remote sites of the Antarctic continent including the Ross Sea, Charcot Island and Peter I Island.


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