Australias Aurora Expeditions has announced it is building a new style of high-performance vessel for polar cruising. The company, which currently charters Polar Pioneer for its Antarctica and Arctic cruises, expects to deliver the small ship in 2019. It is expected to carry close to 100 passengers.
The 104-metre ice-class 1A ship will be built to the latest polar code specifications, offering high levels of safety and environmental protection. A custom-designed platform will cater for kayakers and divers, as well as a mud room for easier preparation for climbers and skiers. Small inflatable Zodiac crafts will continue to carry expeditioners between ship and shore, with a dedicated sea-level Zodiac loading platform for easy boarding.Aurora Expeditions yet-to-be-named ship will be the first in a new series of high-performance vessels designed to make the ocean-going experience as safe and comfortable as possible in the polar regions.
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