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Dutch Oceanwide Expeditions has confirmed the order of an innovative 180-passenger expedition vessel. The first newbuilding ever of Oceanwide.

The ship, called the Hondius, will be one of few strongest ice-strengthened vessels class P-6 in the Polar Regions. It will sail in 2019 and built by Brodosplit Yard at Croatia.

There are 85 cabins -14 with a balcony. Size 33m2 for the suite and 13m2 for porthole cabins.
The vessel size will be 107 meters long and it will be equipped with two main engines for a total of 4,200 kW to drive one controllable pitch propeller, generating a speed of 15 knots.

About Oceanwide Expeditions
Since 1996, Oceanwide Expeditions has offered small-group polar expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. They own, manage, and operate the vessels m/v Plancius (116 passengers), m/v Ortelius (116 passengers), s/v Rembrandt van Rijn (33 passengers) and s/v Noorderlicht (20 passengers). The vessels comply with the highest international safety standards for passenger vessels, such as SOLAS (Safety-Of-Life-At-Sea), and allow the crew to navigate safely through pack-ice and remote narrow waterways.

The Dutch "Plancius Foundation" (1981-1996) was the predecessor of Oceanwide Expeditions. Starting in 1983, it was the first cruise operator to organize yearly expeditions to Spitsbergen.

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