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December 19, 2017

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Ponant commissions to Vard a new cruise ship icebreaker with propulsion to LNG

The contract has a value of about 274 million euros

The crocieristica company Ponant has commissioned to the shipbuilding society Vard of the Fincantieri group the planning and construction of a cruise ship icebreaker with fed propulsion to which liquified natural gas. The contract has a value of about 2,7 billion Norwegian crowns (274 million euros).

The new ship, that it will be classified as Polar Class 2 and will be delivered in according to trimester of 2021, will be employed in order to carry out cruises in the polar regions, in order to reach polar destinations as geographic Polo Nord (90° of latitude North), the Sea of Weddell, the Sea of Ross and the Island di Pietro I.

Fincantieri has emphasized that electrical worker to double propulsion will be in absolute of the first cruise ship with characteristics of hybrid icebreaker, equipped of storage and ability A batteries high of LNG on board. Moreover it will be equipped of two helicopters in the internal hangars.

The expedition vessel of Ponant, with a tonnage of about 30.000 tons, it will be long about 150 meters, wide 28, and will be able to reach a cruise speed of 15 knots. The ship will be able to accommodate 270 passengers in 135 cabins, beyond to a crew of 180 people.

Currently Vard has in pocketbook for Ponant other four cruise ships of luxury of small dimensions, whose acquisition last year had marked the income of the Norwegian society in the crocieristico segment. Between the 2010 and 2015 Fincantieri it has delivered to four extra cruise ships luxury to Ponant, the Boreal, the Austral, the Soleal and the Lyrial, all constructed in the yard of Ancona.

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