Vlissingen-based Oceanwide Expeditions has ordered a second 174-passenger Polar Class 6 vessel, Janssonius, at Croatian shipyard Brodosplit. The vessel, a sister ship to the recently delivered Hondius, will be built to Lloyd’s Register Polar Class 6, equivalent to the highest ice-class – 1A super, and is due for delivery in October 2021.
The 107m-long vessel will have 84 cabins, including six suites with balconies and eight superior cabins, also with balconies. The ship’s propulsion system will mirror that of the Hondius, comprising two main engines delivering 4,200kW and enabling speeds of up to 15 knots. An adjustable pitch propeller, flexible power management, bow and stern thrusters and a shaft generator will all contribute to good fuel efficiency and low carbon dioxide emissions, the company said.
The Janssonius is named after an eminent Dutch cartographer – Johannes Janssonius – who lived from 1558-1664. On delivery, the vessel will join five other ships in the Oceanwide fleet, including sailing vessels Noorderlicht and Rembrandt van Rijn, and motor ships Plancius, Ortelius and Hondius.