Le Commandant Charcot

Polar Exploration Ship for PONANT

Le Commandant Charcot PONANT Nicolas Dubreuil

Le Commandant Charcot | Polar Exploration Ship | Overall length: 150 m | Breadth: 28 m

First of its kind, Le Commandant Charcot is a hybrid electric polar exploration ship with ice breaking technology powered by Liquefied Natural Gas.

A Polar Class PC2 ship that includes all the latest ‘green’ technologies, such as 100% waste sorted on board and waste treatment.

The ship will be fitted with facilities and equipment for research, providing the scientific world with a platform for observation, research and analysis to study water, air, ice, and biodiversity in extreme polar regions.

Build specifications


ship owner

Vard Søviknes

outfitting yard

Vard Tulcea

hull yard

July 2021



yard no.

Technical specifications

150 m

length overall

28 m

breadth moulded

245 pers




215 pers