Polar Explorer Hondius Launched

Hondius launched
Hondius launched

By The Maritime Executive 06-10-2018 06:08:33

Oceanwide Expeditions' new polar cruise ship Hondius has been launched at Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia. Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world. 

The Polar Class 6 vessel will offer deluxe accommodation for 176 passengers sailing both the Arctic and the Antarctic. She will be equipped with two main engines for a total of 4,200 kW, generating a speed of 15 knots. The propulsion system consists of two medium speed main engines and one adjustable pitch propeller. The flexible power management system (in combination with a shaft generator instead of a diesel-driven generator) is designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 

Further environmental features include the use of biodegradable lubrication oils; certifiably hazardous-free coating and paint of the vessel; the use of steam for onboard heating; minimal use of electrical heating (for less fuel consumption); LED interior and exterior lighting (reducing power and fuel needs); and waste heat, such as cooling water for the main engines, reused for the production of fresh water.    

The vessel features two separate gangways for Zodiac access and an indoor platform that can be used for outdoor activities such as kayaking. While Hondius is at anchor during passenger excursions, she will be able to drift or remain in position with the support of the bow and stern thrusters.  


Registered: The Netherlands
Length: 107.6 meters (353 feet)
Breadth: 17.6 meters (58 feet)
Draft: 5.30 meters (17 feet)
Displacement: 5,590 tons
Propulsion: 2 x ABC main engines;
total 4,200 kW
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 176 in 83 cabins
Staff & crew: 72