MV Hondius

MV Hondius Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Hondius

Year built 2019 new ship
Builder Brodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Building cost USD 150 million
Owner Oceanwide Expeditions
Operator Oceanwide Expeditions
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 108 m / 354 ft
Beam (width) 18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage 6300 gt
Passengers 174 - 196
Crew 76
Decks 5
Cabins 82
Decks with cabins 4
Christened by tba

Review of MV Hondius

MV Hondius cruise ship is the newest Oceanwide Expeditions vessel - with fleetmates Ortelius and Plancius, and also the polar sailing ships Noorderlicht and Rembrandt van Rijn. The newbuild expedition ship is of "LR PC6" (Polar Class 6) vessel with an ice-strengthened hull.

Due to the increasing demand for polar cruises, Oceanwide Expeditions announced a brand new expedition ship. The newbuild is of "LR PC6" (Polar Class 6, ice-strengthened vessel), with two main engines (total power output 4260 kW), and able to accommodate up to 196 passengers in 85 staterooms.

MV Hondius cruise ship

Like all the other fleetmates, Hondius is equipped with rigid-hulled zodiacs (inflatable boats) used for landings (ship-to-shore passenger transportation) in remote areas.

Oceanwide Expeditions with MV Hondius have the opportunity to grow as a cruise company and carry more passengers on their ships. The name "Hondius" refers to one of the famous Dutch-Flemish cartographers Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612).

MV Hondius cruise ship

This expedition ship is specially designed for travel cruising in the Earth's polar regions (Antarctica and Arctic). The vessel boasts fast zodiac boats, sea kayaks and a covered marina platform for water-based outdoor activities. There is a deck with observation lounge and separate room for readings.

MV Hondius cruise ship

The ship has different categories of cabins for 2-4 persons. Staterooms range from 1 suite (sized 33 m2 / 355 ft2), 6 balcony staterooms, 8 French Balcony staterooms, 19 outsides / oceanview, 14 doubles (with panoramic window), 31 doubles (with porthole window), 2 triple-occupancy rooms (with a porthole) and 4 quadruple-occupancy rooms (also with a porthole).

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  • On August 23, 2017, at Brodosplit shipyard (in Split Croatia) was held the steel-cutting ceremony (hull 484), which officially started the vessel's construction.
  • On December 5, 2017, was the keel-laying ceremony (hull number 484). The main diesel engines were installed in January 2018. The vessel was scheduled for launch (float out) in May 2018 and for delivery to Oceanwide Expeditions on May 2, 2019.
  • As of November 2017, MV Hondius was among the all 22 new expedition ships on order.
  • Hondius is the first newbuild polar expedition ship with ice-class “LR PC6”. It meets the highest demands of Lloyd’s Register “Polar Class 6” ships, the highest Polar Class notation concerning ice-strengthened passenger vessels. The ship is powered by two diesel engines (total power output 4,3 MW).
  • Ship's design and technical solutions are the work of Brodosplit Design Department which confirms its key role in positioning Brodosplit shipyard as a European shipbuilding system which builds highly complex ships achieving high competitiveness.
  • MS Hondius complies with the requirements of the Polar code, adopted by IMO (International Maritime Organization), in particular concerning SOLAS (safety of the life at sea) and prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL) for passenger vessels.

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