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MV Le Champlain – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9814038

MV Le Champlain

© Carsten Dettmer

© 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)


Current AIS Location

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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”.

September 27th 2018: Completed and delivered to Ponant Cruises

October 25th 2018: Maiden voyage Honfleur – Lisbon.

© Prieto © Prieto

© Prieto (Santander, 24/04/2019)

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

🆕 © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 24/06/2022)

September 6th 2022: Due at Dover.

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: Gena Anfimov, Carsten Dettmer and Prieto for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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