Croatian shipbuilding company Brodosplit announced it will deliver a EUR 106 million (USD 130 million) Polar Class (PC6) expedition ship to the small cruise company Quark Expeditions in the first half of February 2021.
After dry-docking, Quark Ultramarine will return to Brodosplit's base in Split Croatia for test runs and the installation of final equipment prior to the expected handover in February 2021. MS Ultramarine has LOA length 128 metres, width 22 metres, 103 staterooms (max passenger capacity 200 + 140 crew-staff), 8 decks (4 with cabins), two helidecks (with 2x twin-engine helicopters for private tours), 20x Zodiac boats, cruising range 70 days (without refuelling or resupplying)
Her construction was financed by a credit from the development bank of Croatia HBOR, supported by a government guarantee issued back in May 2018.
In May 2019, Brodosplit Shipyard delivered the first PC6 class cruise ship (built for Oceanwide Expeditions) Hondius. The company signed a deal for the construction of a second unit/sistership for Oceanwide Expeditions - Janssonius.