Ocean Nova

Former name: Sarpik Ittuk

Ocean Nova current position

Ocean Nova current location is at North Russia (coordinates 80.25650 N / 33.57845 E) cruising en route to KRAEMERPYNTEN. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Ocean Nova

Year of build1992  /  Age: 32
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderOrskov Yard AS (Frederikshavn, Denmark)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage2183 gt
Passengers68 - 78
Passengers-to-space ratio22
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2006
Sister-shipsSarfaq Ittuk
Former namesSarpik Ittuk
OwnerAdventure Shipping Ltd
OperatorAntarctica21 Air-Cruises, Noble Caledonia UK

Ocean Nova Review

Review of Ocean Nova

The 1992-built MV Ocean Nova cruise ship was specifically designed to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The vessel is a perfect choice for polar cruising in the Arctic and Antarctica. It was drydock refitted and upgraded in 2000 and refurbished again in 2006.

The vessel (IMO number 8913916) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 309051000) and registered in Nassau.

The current shipowner (since 2007) is Adventure Shipping Ltd (Cyprus-registered). The UK-based travel brand and tour operator Noble Caledonia charters the ship during summer (May). The principal company that charters Ocean Nova is Antarctica21 Air-Cruises.

The boat carries up to 78 passengers and is classified to operate in ice-filled waters. It is guided by a highly experienced crew with polar navigation experience.

MV Ocean Nova cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

Until 2019, the ship charterer/operator was the polar travel company Quark Expeditions (1991-founded) specializes in expedition cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic via icebreaking vessels (passenger ships with ice-strengthened hulls). Quark Expeditions became part of TUI Travel (UK) in 2007 and since 2016 is owned by Travelopia Group Holdings Ltd (UK).

Since 2019, the ship Ocean Nova is chartered to the Chilean Antarctica Air Cruise company Antarctica21 (fka Antarctica XXI). Currently, Antarctica21 operates a fleet of 2 chartered cruise ships (Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky) plus the UK-built BAE-146 aircraft. The high-wing aircraft was manufactured by BAE Systems. It has capacity 71 passengers (16 reserved seats) and is operated by Aerovias DAP - Chilean airline operating domestic flights (charter and scheduled) from Punta Arenas.

MV Ocean Nova cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

Shipboard facilities

Ocean Nova is extremely quiet and highly maneuverable expedition vessel, which draft is only 12 ft (3,7 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship is powered by two MAN marine diesel engines (total power output 2000 HP). The hull is ice class 1B. The ship has all 2 lifeboats, which are fully enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).

All the cruise ship cabins are outside and with private facilities. Other onboard amenities include a cosy library (with a rich collection of polar-themed books), spacious dining room, comfortable presentation room, gym (exercise room) and a clinic (with resident licensed doctor). During the drydock refit was added the top deck's glass-enclosed forward observation lounge.

MV Ocean Nova cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

MV Ocean Nova has Zodiac boats, well suited for landings (disembarking) and wildlife watching. Triple occupancy staterooms and some of the twins on the upper deck are with lower and upper beds. All other cabins are with two twins (lower) beds. Each passenger room is also equipped with a chair and has ample storage space for all the expedition equipment and clothing. The panorama lounge is where passengers can enjoy a drink and the onboard specialists conduct lectures themed on history, flora and fauna. Travelers are welcome on the bridge at any time (open-bridge policy).


Quark cruise deals

Quark Expeditions cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, group transfers (airport-hotel on the day prior departure, and hotel-ship on embarkation day)
  • onboard accommodation (daily housekeeping service)
  • all onboard meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - know that the ship's galley/kitchen can't prepare kosher meals
  • all Zodiac landings (daily, weather permitting) and Zodiac transfers and cruising (daily)
  • media presentations by Expedition Team members and special guest lecturers
  • waterproof expedition boots (on shore landings)
  • complimentary Quark Expeditions logoed parka
  • lifejackets and immersion suits
  • complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa (24 / 7)
  • hairdryer and bathrobe (in all cabins)
  • pre-departure materials (including maps)
  • all service taxes and port fees
  • all onboard luggage handling
  • emergency evacuation (medevac) insurance to a max benefit USD 100,000 pp
  • Fly-cruise deals are inclusive of complimentary house wines (by the glass), beers and spirits on the ship, also of all gratuities (staff and crew) and all domestic flights (prior to embarkation).
  • Shipboard laundry and Ironing services are available at an additional cost.
  • Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet) and cost extra.

Antarctica21 itineraries

Currently, Ocean Nova cruises in Antarctica (leaving from King George Island, Punta Arenas Chile, Ushuaia Argentina) and also in the European Arctic (leaving from Portsmouth-England, Oban-Scotland, Longyearbyen-Svalbard Norway).

The Chilean company Antarctica21 operates on regularly scheduled roundtrips to Antarctic Peninsula leaving from homeport Punta Arenas (Chile). On wildlife viewing excursions can be seen penguins (Gentoo, Macaroni, Adelie, Chinstrap), whales, seals, various seabirds. Antarctica21 cruise itineraries destinations include Aitcho Island, Cuverville Island, Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Livingston Island, Petermann Island, Lemaire Channel (aka Kodak Gap), Paradise Bay (minke whales), Wiencke Island (Port Lockroy).

The seasonally chartered by Antarctica21 airplane is used for fly-cruises as its short runway requirements make it perfect for Antarctic landings.

Flying to Antarctica with Aerovias DAP includes roundtrip flights from Punta Arenas to Chile's largest Antarctic base "Eduardo Frei Montalva" on King George Island. The first flight was on February 12, 1989. In 2007, Aerovias DAP leased one BAE 146 airliner from the UK company Flightline. Antarctica flights started in early 2008. Currently, Aerovias DAP carries out around 3/4 of all air traffic between South America and Antarctica, using two BAE 146-200 planes (model 1981, cost GBP 11 million) plus one smaller plane (Beechcraft "Super King Air" / model 300).

Antarctica21's 2023-2024 fly-cruise program (for Magellan Explorer and Ocean Nova) included 35x departures, of which 28x "Classic Antarctica", 3x "Polar Circle", 3x "Antarctica Express", 1x "Antarctica and South Georgia".

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