Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot is an icebreaking cruise ship under construction for the French shipping company Compagnie du Ponant. Named after the French polar scientist Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the vessel is currently being built at Vard Tulcea shipyard in Romania, from where she will be moved to Søviknes for final outfitting and delivery in 2021.[1]

Name: Le Commandant Charcot
Namesake: Jean-Baptiste Charcot
Owner: Compagnie du Ponant
Port of registry:  France[1]
  • Vard Tulcea, Romania (hull)
  • Vard Søviknes, Norway (outfitting)[2]
Cost: NOK 2.7 billion[2]
Laid down: December 2018[3]
Launched: 2020 (planned)[3]
In service: 2021 (planned)[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9846249
Status: Under construction
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: About 30,000 GT[2]
Length: 150 m (492 ft)
Beam: 28 m (92 ft)
Draught: 10 m (33 ft)
Ice class: Polar Class 2
Installed power:
  • 4 × Wärtsilä 14V31DF (4 × 7,700 kW)
  • 2 × Wärtsilä 10V31DF (2 × 5,500 kW)[4][5]
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two ABB Azipod propulsion units (2 × 17 MW)[6]
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) (open water)
Capacity: 270 passengers in 135 cabins[2]
Crew: 187

Le Commandant Charcot will be a Polar Class 2 rated icebreaking vessel capable of reaching remote polar destinations such as the Geographic North Pole. She will feature a hybrid power plant powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric batteries.[2]


  1. Le Commandant Charcot. Le Commandant Charcot. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. VARD secures contract for the design and construction of the first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with LNG propulsion for PONANT. VARD, 18 December 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. Keel Laid for Le Commandant Charcot. Cruise Industry News, 27 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. Wärtsilä to power Ponant’s world-first hybrid electric icebreaker. Seatrade Cruise News, 21 October 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  5. Wärtsilä 31DF. Wärtsilä. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. World’s first hybrid icebreaker for cruising powered by ABB. electrive.com, 10 March 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
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