WHY THEY COST: With helicopters, Zodiacs and more excursions than most other polar ships, the Ultramarine will make guests’ polar adventures even more memorable. -Lacey Pfalz, assistant editor,
Quark Expeditions took delivery of the long-awaited polar ship Ultramarine today. The official handover of the technologically advanced vessel took place in Split, Croatia, in the presence of Malcolm Ellis, Senior Vice President of Operations for Quark Expeditions, and members of the Brodosplit shipyard team.
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Today we took possession of more than just a new ship. We have officially added a ship to our fleet that will soon be an unparalleled base for polar adventures, said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. Every aspect of the Ultramarine has been designed and engineered to allow our crews to take guests off the ship and immerse them in the polar wilderness better than ever before. This new vessel, in the hands of the most experienced crew in the expedition industry, will allow us to create truly exciting off-ship adventures for our guests and provide them with a superior experience on board.
This vessel was delivered after more than five years of hard work and significant funding, White said. This commitment of time and money, especially at a time when the pandemic is testing the industry, reflects our confidence in the future of polar travel and underscores our commitment to providing a life-changing polar experience that no one has yet thought of.
The Ultramarine is 128 meters (420 feet) long and will accommodate 199 guests:
Two twin-engine helicopters and two heliports: Two H145 helicopters, operating from two heliports, will allow more passengers to simultaneously explore new destinations only accessible by air and enjoy a unique perspective of the Arctic from the air like no other ship.
-Twenty Zodiacs that can be deployed quickly: 20 Rapid Deployment Zodiacs at four landing points allow the ship’s team to load and unload the Zodiac faster, safer and easier than ever before.
-The largest selection of adventures in the industry: With its two helicopters and 20 rapidly deployable Zodiacs, Ultramarine will offer the strongest portfolio of off-ship adventures, allowing guests to customize their polar experience. These include airplane flights, alpine kayaking and helicopter flights.
-Additional durability characteristics: Among the ship’s sustainability features is the Micro Autogasification System (MAGS), a state-of-the-art system that converts waste into energy at the point of production. MAGS eliminates the environmental impact of waste transportation by offering an innovative sustainability feature that exceeds all industry standards.
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The completion of Ultramarine – with its superior marine equipment and advanced technology – is a testament to the community of engineers, naval architects, welders, builders, riggers, electricians and all other team members at the Broadsplit shipyard, as well as the designers, innovators and operational team members at Quark Expeditions’ headquarters who have worked long and hard over the past three years, said Malcolm Ellis, Quark Expeditions’ senior vice president of operations. So many people contributed to the construction of this ship, including our expedition team, whose contributions led to so many innovations that catapulted Ultramarine into a class of its own.
SOURCE: Press release from Quark Expeditions.
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