Today, we took ownership of more than a new ship. We officially welcomed into our fleet a game changing vessel that will soon become an unrivalled operational base for polar adventures. Every aspect of Ultramarine has been designed and
engineered to enable our teams to get guests off the ship and deep into the polar wilderness better
than ever before. This new vessel–in the hands of the most experienced team in the expedition
industry–will allow us to create truly immersive off-ship adventures for our guests while providing them with a superior onboard experience. This game-changing ship was delivered after more than five years of dedicated work and considerable financial resources,This commitment of time and money, especially during an industrychallenging pandemic, reflects our confidence
Quark Expeditions remains the leader in Polar Adventures, took ownership of the highly anticipated polar vessel, Ultramarine. The official handover of the technologically-advanced ship took place in Split, Croatia, attended by Malcolm Ellis, Senior Vice-President of Operations for Quark Expeditions, and members of the Brodosplit shipyard team.
The 128-metre that represents 420 foot, Ultramarine will accommodate 199 guests, and will feature:
- Two twin-engine helicopters and two heliports of the two H145 helicopters, operated from two heliports, will allow more passengers to simultaneously experience new destinations accessible only by air, and to enjoy more unique aerial perspectives of the Polar Regions than on any other ship.
- Twenty quick-deploy Zodiacs: The 20 quick-launching Zodiacs at four embarkation points mean the expedition team can load and embark Zodiacs faster, safer and easier than ever before.
- The industry’s largest selection of adventure options: Ultramarine, with its two helicopters and 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, will offer the most robust portfolio off-ship adventure options in the industry, allowing guests to customize their polar experience.
These include flightseeing, heli-hiking and helicopter-supported alpine kayaking, among others.Advanced sustainability features: The vessel’s sustainability features include the Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS), which is the
industry-leading system that converts waste into energy at the site that it's generated. MAGs eliminates the environmental impact of waste transportation, offering an innovative sustainability feature that exceeds all industry standards. “The completion of Ultramarine—with its superior on-ship amenities and advanced technology—is a testament to the community of engineers, naval architects, welders, structural fabricators, riggers, electricians and all of the other crew at the Brodosplit shipyard—as well as the designers, innovators and operational team members in the Quark Expeditions head office—who’ve worked long and hard over the last three years,” said Malcolm Ellis, Senior Vice-President of Operations for Quark Expeditions. “So many people have contributed to the building of this vessel—and that includes our expedition team whose input spurred so many of the innovations that catapult Ultramarine into a
league of its own.”
Quark Expeditions is specialized exclusively in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, since the company took the first group of consumer travelers to the North Pole in 1991. The company delivers deeply immersive polar experiences—and is able to take guests deeper into the Polar Regions than anyone else. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, wildlife experts and researchers, Quark Expeditions offers an onboard program that enriches the passenger experience. Quark Expeditions has been innovating ever since. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels and icebreakers—some of them equipped with helicopters— The company works closely with Travelopia is one of the world’s leading specialist travel groups. From sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customersacross the world.
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