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Ponant’s first hybrid cruise ship reaches the North Pole

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This is a first for a French building. the Commander Charcot, the first cruise ship “of high polar exploration, electric hybrid powered by liquefied natural gas”, reached the North Pole on Monday morning, we learned from the company Ponant, specializing in luxury cruises and in unusual destinations.

“It is the first French ship to reach the North Pole (90.00,000 °)”, according to her and “the first ship sailing on liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reach this destination”. However, this expedition was made without customers. The tourist season of Commander Charcot will start on October 31 in Antarctica and in summer 2022 for the Arctic.

“Smoke and dust free navigation”

This luxury vessel 150 meters long and 28 meters wide is equipped with two tanks totaling 4,500 m3 of LNG as well as electric batteries allowing hybrid operation and “navigation without smoke or dust”, according to the group’s documentation. Polar class PC2, it is equipped with a reinforced hull (icebreaker) hitherto reserved for transport ships or scientific expeditions.

It also has an advanced wastewater treatment system and the energy used on board is optimized with LED lamps or even braziers and heating benches operating by recovering energy from the ship’s exhaust gases. Drinking water is produced from sea water and no waste is thrown away during the journey thanks to a large storage capacity. Finally, spaces are provided to be made available to the scientific community, for example to install measuring instruments in the hull. Scientists will also be able to retrieve data from fish sonar and the instrument that continuously measures and displays the thickness of the ice, according to the company.



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