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MV Le Champlain – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9814038

MV Le Champlain

© Carsten Dettmer

Le Champlain –  © Carsten Dettmer (St Malo, 28/06/2000)

Steel twin screw Ponant Explorers – class (VARD 6-Series)motor vessel built in 2018 by Vard Søviknes, Rumania (Hull) Vard Søviknes, Alesund, Norway (Yard No 849)(Fitting Out) as a Passenger ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 131.46 m (overall) 118.4 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 18 m
    Depth: 18.2 m
    Draught: 4.7 m
    Tonnage: 9976 gross/2992 net/10000t deadweight
    Engines: 4 x 8 – cylinder Wartsila 8L20 diesel/electric to shafts driven by Indar electric motors
    Power: 4000 kW/5434 bHP
    Speed: 12.5 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 6
    Capacity: 290 passengers (Max) 184 (Normal)
  • Crew: 110
    Call Sign: FLBP
    MMSI Number: 578001100
  • IMO Number: 9814038
  • Register Number: 31623A
    Port of Registry: Mata Utu (Wallis and Futuna) /France 🇼🇫
    Sister Ships: Le Lapérouse (848), Le Bougainville (850), Le Dumont d’Urville (851), Le Bellot (889), Le Surville (890)

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The second ship of the Ponant Exporers class of cruise ships pperated by Ponant. Each member of the class has been allocated the name of a famous French explorer, and LE CHAMPLAIN is named after Samuel de Champlain, “The Father of New France.

April 20th 2017: Keel laid.

April 27th 2018: Arrived at Alesund for “Fitting Out”.

Le Champlain – 

September 27th 2018: Completed and delivered to Ponant Cruises

October 25th 2018: Maiden voyage Honfleur – Lisbon.

© Prieto © Prieto © Prieto

Le Champlain – © Prieto (Santander, 24/04/2019)

September 6th 2022: Provisionally due at Dover.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Carsten Dettmer and Prieto for their assistance in producing this feature.

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