Quark Expeditions said its new expedition ship would set “new standards” for polar exploration as it celebrated the steel-cutting of its polar exploration ship.
The ceremony took place at the shipyard and museum of Quark Expeditions’ build partner, Brodosplit, and was attended by senior executives from both companies.
Quark said the ship combined “leading-edge technology, long-range operational capability and advanced safety systems”.
“Every aspect of the ship has been built with one thing in mind: continuing to redefine what is possible in polar adventure,” said Quark Expeditions president Andrew White. “We’ve created a ship unsurpassed in its class not only by partnering with industry leaders like Brodosplit and LMG Marin, who are as committed as we are to pushing the boundaries, but also by consulting with our own polar experts and expedition leaders, who know better than anyone else what guests want out of their polar experience.”
The vessel, at 128 m long, with a beam of 21.5 m and at 13,500 gt will set sail in 2020, accommodating up to 200 passengers in spacious cabins and public areas.
It will feature an interior Zodiac hangar and four embarkation points, state-of-the-art dual helicopters with simultaneously operable helidecks, and a best-in-class 70-day operational range.
The ship’s innovations will also minimise its environmental footprint, including a sophisticated water treatment system, state-of-the-art waste handling, a heat recovery system that recycles excess energy back into the ship, and using entirely recyclable materials for construction. The dynamic positioning technology will remove the need to anchor – avoiding damage to sensitive seabed ecosystems.
“We are proud of our long list of firsts, like the first commercial passenger circumnavigation of Antarctica,” said Mr White. “We designed this ship to keep adding to those firsts in what we consider the most breathtaking places on our planet. It is our combination of institutional knowledge and technological innovation that makes a design like this possible.”