Ponant Le Commandant Charcot

Ponant Ship Named Le Commandant Charcot

First-ever hybrid electric icebreaking cruise ship

Ponant has revealed the name of their latest polar expedition ship as Le Commandant Charcot.

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The first-ever hybrid electric icebreaker has been named after Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot. The cruise line described Captain Charcot an emblematic figure of French polar expeditions with a true passion for sailing.

Le Commandant Charcot will offer both Arctic and Antarctic itineraries. Discover the Geographic North Pole (latitude 90 degrees North) or never-before cruised parts of Antarctica like the Ross Sea, Charcot Island and Peter Island.

The ship will be powered by LNG (liquified natural gas), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. When in hybrid electric mode, the vessel’s electric batteries can power the ship without engine power for two to three hours emitting zero emissions. She is also fitted with the latest environmental protection features including advanced ‘Cleanship’ technology that will reduce emissions and exceed requirements for environmental regulations.

Pre-bookings at early-bird prices for Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot cruises are open from September 6, 2018. Regular bookings go on sale on April 4, 2019.

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