August 07, 2021

Vard, a Fincantieri company based in Alesund, Norway, announced the delivery of the first hybrid electric cruise icebreaker with LNG propulsion.
Le Commandant Charcot is a hybrid electric polar exploration ship with ice breaking technology powered by Liquefied Natural Gas.
A Polar Class PC2 ship that includes all the latest ‘green’ technologies, such as 100% waste sorted on board and waste treatment. The ship will be fitted with facilities and equipment for research, providing the scientific world with a platform for observation, research and analysis to study water, air, ice, and biodiversity in extreme polar regions.
Le Commandant Charcot will be sailing in the world’s most remote regions: the Geographic North Pole, Northeast Greenland’s National Park, circumnavigation of the Svalbard archipelago, the Bellingshausen Sea, Charcot and Pierre I Islands, Weddell Sea and the Larsen Ice Shelf.
The unique polar exploration ship is developed by PONANT, Stirling Design International, Aker Arctic and VARD and is built by Vard Tulcea in Romania and Vard Søviknes in Norway. The ship is featured with high quality products and solutions from VARD and Fincantieri’s specialized entities.
Le Commandant Charcot is approximately 30 000 gross tons, 150 meters long, 28 meters wide and has a cruise speed of 15 knots in open water. The vessel can accommodate 245 passengers in 123 staterooms, in addition to a crew of 215 persons.
(Source and image: VARD – Cruise icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot)