Ponant, Bygg nr. 889 og 890 ved Vard Søviknes, VARD 6 08 "Le Bellot" og "Le Jacques Cartier"

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"Le Bellot" - named after a strait in the Northwest Passage
"Le Surville" - named for a French explorer
 

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VARD SECURES CONTRACT FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF TWO LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISE VESSELS FOR PONANT

Singapore, 7 March 2018 – Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD” or the “Company”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has secured contracts for the design and construction of two luxury expedition cruise vessels for French cruise company PONANT.
VARD’s close working relationship with PONANT dates back to the contracts for the construction of a series of four luxury expedition cruise vessels confirmed in 2016. The vessels were designed for voyages to tropical destinations and remote ports only accessible to small capacity ships. The two new vessels will be identical to their four sister vessels.

The ice-class expedition cruise vessels are approximately 10,000 gross tons, about 131 metres long and 18 metres wide. Each vessel can accommodate 180 passengers in 92 staterooms and suites, with a spacious balcony each. The vessels will be arranged with high-class luxury facilities on board, fulfilling the highest demands for environmentally friendly and safe operations. All six PONANT EXPLORERS will be fitted with a “Blue Eye” multi-sensorial underwater lounge, a major innovation, that will allow passengers to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes in the form of cetaceous eyes, looking out onto the sea bed.

The hulls will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania. Delivery is scheduled from Vard Søviknes in Norway, in 1Q and 2Q 2020 respectively.
The first vessel in the series of six will be delivered in 2Q 2018, followed by the delivery of the next three vessels in the period from autumn 2018 to summer 2019, and the delivery of the newly contracted vessels in 2020. In addition, VARD will deliver the PONANT expedition cruise icebreaker in 2021, the very first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker powered by LNG and dual fuel propulsion.

Mr. Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented “We deeply appreciate the strong collaboration we have established with the PONANT team, resulting in seven luxury expedition cruise vessels under construction for operations on the world’s seas. We are honoured to once again be chosen as the trusted partner for PONANT.”

PONANT, a subsidiary of ARTEMIS Group and headquartered in Marseille, France, was founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen Merchant Navy officers. It has established itself as the reference for a new style of luxury cruises with its unique concept of sea travel, combining exceptional itineraries and five-star facilities aboard small capacity ships. Currently PONANT operates a fleet of five vessels, by 2021, the fleet will consist of 12 luxury expedition cruise vessels. PONANT is the only French-flag cruise line. www.ponant.com

The contract has been entered into in the ordinary course of business of the Company. It is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings per share or the net tangible assets per share of the Company for the current financial year. None of the Directors or the controlling shareholders of the Company have any interest, direct or indirect, in the above contract.
 

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Nye kontrakter fører til nye ansettelser:

Vard bygger flytende luksushoteller med kikkhull

Cruiseskipene som Vard bygger for Ponant, blir som flytende luksushoteller. Nye kontrakter gjør at Søviknes-verftet har ansatt flere nye folk.

Rundt 650 arbeidere er i sving ved Vard sitt verft i Søvika om dagen. Tidligere i vinter kom det første skroget som skal utrustes til et luksuriøst cruiseskip på oppdrag for franske Ponant.

Og denne uka la cruiseselskapet inn bestilling på ytterligere to nye skip – i tillegg til de fire som lå inne fra før.

Sammen med ett større cruiseskip med isbryteregenskaper, innebærer det at Søviknes-verftet skal levere hele sju skip til samme kunde i løpet av de neste årene.

Kikkhull
Ponant har lagt inn det som omtales som verdens første «Blue Eye» - en undervannslounge som skal gi en unik opplevelse av livet i havet. Ved hjelp av sensorer, lyd og lyssetting får passasjerene mulighet til å følge med på livet under vannflaten gjennom to kikkhull.

Dette er trolig første gang noe slikt installeres om bord på et cruiseskip.

– Glassene kan sammenlignes med de som er på Atlanterhavsparken, men er forsterket slik at de for eksempel skal tåle at en flytende konteiner treffer glasset ute på havet, forteller Klokk.

Kilde: Sunnmørsposten (Krever innlogging)


Illustrasjon: Jacques Rougerie Architecte


Illustrasjon: Jacques Rougerie Architecte


Illustrasjon: Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel


Illustrasjon: Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel
 

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Skroget til femte skipet i denne serien på VARD 6 08 "Le Bellot" til Ponant kommer fra Vard Braila og er godt underveis

Foto: via Vard Braila
 

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Fra bygginga av skroget til bnr. 889 "Le Bellot" for ei veke sida





Alle foto: Ukjent
 

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"Diablos Force" er nå på vei til Søvika med skroget til bnr. 889 "Le Bellot"
 

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Indeed. ETA Soviknes 28/8/'19. DIAVLOS FORCE has IMO 8214023 in case you want to follow her on AIS.
 

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Good news! The two new ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Bellot and Le Jacques-Cartier, are going to be delivered earlier than expected!

To mark the occasion, we have the pleasure of offering a choice of six departures onboard our ships, giving you an opportunity to discover or rediscover:
• Northern Europe and the fjords of Norway, either in the snow or right at the start of summer.
• The wild beauty of the coastline of northern France.

Kilde: Ponant​
 

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Ser ut til at skroget til sjette skipet i denne serien "Le Jacques Cartier", er på vei fra Romania til Søvika

Foto: Andrea Zamburlini
 
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