Vlissingen, Netherlands, based Oceanwide Expeditions has placed an order with Croatia’s Brodosplit shipyard for a sister to its Polar Class 6 expedition cruise ship Hondius, delivered earlier this year.
To be named Janssonius, the new ship will have the same passenger capacity, 174, as the Hondius and will be nearly identical in size and design.
The ship will be 107 meters (350 feet) long with a beam of 17.6 meters (58 feet).
Like the Hondius she will have a speed of up to 15 knots and will be powered by two ABC 12DZC diesels, each developing 4,212 kWm at 750 rpm, with two ABC 6DZC auxiliaries each delivering 1,500 kWe at 750 rpm. She will be fitted with an adjustable pitch propeller and a shaft generator.
The ship will employ LED interior and exterior lighting, biodegradable paints and lubricants, and will use waste heat for the production of fresh water.
Janssonius will come equipped with a number of advanced systems and features specifically designed for safe, swift, and flexible polar voyages throughout the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic. She will have a protected indoor Zodiac loading area that can also be used for sea-based activities such as kayaking, and there will be two separate gangways to facilitate ship-to-shore operations.
One of the decks will be a dedicated observation lounge complete with a separate lecture room. Cabin categories will include suites, superiors, twins, and quadruple cabins.