Ponant Icebreaker


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Compagnie du Ponant

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Ponant Icebreaker Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ponant Icebreaker

Year built 2021 new ship
Builder VARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Soviknes Norway)
Class ice-strengthened cruise ship
Building cost USD 324 million (EUR 274 million)
Owner Groupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
Operator Compagnie du Ponant Cruises
Length (LOA) 150 m / 492 ft
Gross Tonnage 30000 gt
Passengers 270
Crew 180
Cabins 135
Christened by tba

Review of Ponant Icebreaker

In December 2017, Ponant contracted the VARD shipbuilding company to built an ice-breaking cruises ship.

  • The vessel (named "Ponant Icebreaker") will be built at the shipyards in Tulcea (Romania) and Soviknes (Norway), with scheduled delivery in 2021 spring. Building cost is USD 324 million (EUR 274 million)
  • The new expedition ship has GT tonnage 30,000 tons, length 150 m (490 ft), crew 180, max capacity 270 passengers, with a total of 135 cabins (of which 68 with private patio balconies), 2 restaurants, 1 grill restaurant, spa and fitness, wraparound Promenade (outdoor deck), aft-located Sun Deck with swimming pool, 16 Zodiacs (large inflatable boats), fore-located helipad (2 onboard helicopters).
  • The hull is ice-classed PC2. The propulsion is diesel-electric (hybrid). The onboard LNG Fuel storage is by GTT. The Azipod propulsion units are by ABB.
  • It will be LNG powered (Wartsila Dual Fuel engines, with alternative battery power) and operated on polar cruise itineraries (Arctic and Antarctica). Ponant will be able to explore new polar destinations, including true geographic North Pole (90 degrees North Latitude) and remote spots like Peter Island, Ross Sea and Weddell Sea.
  • The ship's scheduled launch is in April 2021.

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History - construction & ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP is a French cruise ship operator. Ponant company was founded by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, Philippe Videau, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy in April 1988 and launched the first French cruise ship. CDP currently operates five ships, all of which under the French flag. Compagnie du Ponant is dedicated to soft adventure cruising. Half of its fleet is based in Antarctica from December to March. It offers offbeat itineraries around the whole world, especially in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia.

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  • The world’s first-ever electric hybrid icebreaker's propulsion sistem consists of two ABB Azipod VI units (azymuth thrusters). This marked ABB's 100th cruise ship Azipod order since 1995 when this patented technology was first implemented (on the Carnival Cruise Line ships Elation and Paradise). Next order was in 1997 (from Royal Caribbean) - 3 units for the then the world's biggest cruise liner Voyager of the Seas.
  • ABB's Azipod VI series features 6-m / 10-ft propellers and combined power output of 34 MW, resulting in greater maneuverability, fuel savings and efficiency gain (10-15% in comparison to the conventional shaftline systems). By using Azipod propulsion, the  Ponant icebreaker ship saves around 700,000 tons of fuel per year.
  • ABB Azipods as power output vary between 1,5 and 22 MW per unit. ABB land-based experts monitor all units' operational parameters, remotely coordinate equipment analysis, run diagnostics, and predict maintenances.
  • Due to technology's lowered noise and vibrations, the Azipod propulsion also improves passengers' comfort.

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