In the Arctic, Ponant's cruis ship Le Commandant Charcot (aka Ponant Icebreaker) is currently leading the way (satellite AIS tracking) to Kronprins Haakon (icebreaking research vessel), both heading to the North Pole.
RV Kronprins Haakon is an icebreaking ship owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute. The boat is currently cruising (satellite AIS tracking) to the North Pole as part of her yearly scientific expedition to collect environmental samples.
The unique meeting, scheduled by both Captains, is creating a chance for cooperation, with both ships combining capabilities. Ponant's Le Commandant Charcot is once again demonstrating her exceptional features in terms of team spirit and extraordinary technical capabilities which allow her to face any sea ice condition and opening of a channel for RV Kronprins Haakon, following behind.
Captain Patrick Marchesseau, who is at the helm of Le Commandant Charcot, said the collaboration fully demonstrated PONANT’s values, which had been founded by French Merchant Navy officers and was committed to scientific endeavor.
"This is an example of what can be achieved through teamwork. Additionally, it is a unique opportunity for our guests to see first-hand the challenges involved in polar science. We are already discussing the possibility to continue to collaborate with the RV Kronprins Haakon once we have reached the geographic North Pole on July 30. Both her Lead Scientist and Captain may join us on board Le Commandant Charcot to introduce to our guest the RV Kronprins Haakon, and her scientific missions.”