Quark Expeditions has signed an agreement with Croatia’s Brodosplit to build a new expedition ship uncompromisingly designed for operation in the polar regions. When launched in 2020, the 200-passenger ship, designed by LMG Marin in close cooperation with Quark Expeditions, will offer an unparalleled expeditionary capability and an array of adventure options second-to-none.
At over 13,000 gross tonnes, the new ship is designed to optimize the expedition experience with the ideal blend of personal, public and operational space. To make the most of the off-ship experience and allow for faster and more opportunistic landings, twenty zodiacs will be rapidly deployable from an internal zodiac hangar with 4 embarkation points. For spectacular flightseeing, heli-skiing and to access places too remote for Zodiacs, unique to its class, the ship boasts two simultaneously operable helidecks. Back on ship, guests will relax in spacious cabins, recharge at modern spa and fitness facilities and refuel at gourmet restaurants.
Going further was a key consideration in the ship’s design, driving optimization of fuel, water, provisioning and waste handling systems to deliver an exceptional 40-day operational capability. This extended range, in combination with the helicopters, will make extraordinary destinations such as the Ross Sea and the remote western Antarctic “Phantom Coast” safely accessible.
Incorporating a wide array of groundbreaking safety systems, the ship will feature thirteen fully redundant critical systems, twin propellers powered by 4 engines in 2 separate engine rooms, and even a fully operational emergency bridge. And, unique to Quark, all expedition operations will be run by Quark Academy-trained expedition staff.