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MV Le Dumont D’Urville – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9814052

MV Le Dumont D’Urville

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 09/09/2019)

Steel twin screw “( Ponant Explorers – class (VARD 6-Series)motor vessel built in 2019 by Vard Søviknes, Rumania (Hull) Vard Søviknes, Alesund, Norway (Yard No 851)(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: 9988 gross/2996 net/1377t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x 8 – cylinder Wartsila 8L20 diesel/electric to shafts driven by Indar electric motors
  • Power: 4000 kW/5434 bHP
  • Speed: 5 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 6
  • Capacity: 184 (max)
  • Call Sign: FLDS
  • Crew: 112
  • MMSI Number: 578001200
  • IMO Number: 9814052
  • Register Number: 31625C
  • Port of Registry: Wallis & Fortuna/France 🇼🇫
  • Sister Ships: Le Lapérouse (848), Le Champlain (849), Le Bougainville (850), Le Bellot (889), Le Surville (890)

Current AIS Location

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LE DUMONT D’URVILLE is the fourth ship of the Pont Explorers-class of cruise ships operated by Ponant. Initially was to be called LE KERGUELEN. Each member of the class has been allocated the name of a famous French explorer, and LE DUMONT D’URVILLE is named after Jules Dumont d’Urville (Explorer & Naval officer)”

June 14th 2019: Completed for Registered Owner: SNC Rhode Bail. Manager; Ponant.

August 2019: Maiden cruise.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn 

© Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 09/09/2019)

© Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox – (Dublin, 17/09/2019)

May 7th 2020: Due at Dover.

© Robert J Smith © Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Tilbury, 10/05/2022)

May 6th 2023: Due at Dover.

May 22nd 2024: 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: Robbie Cox, Pieter Inpyn and Robert J Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. You never cease to amaze Nigel. Fabulous photos and I always love that real time map. So cool! Thanks for all your dedication. It’s appreciated and will keep interest alive throughout many generations to come.

    1. Caroline,

      Thanks for the praise but, as I have said before, I just write this stuff.
      The contributors own the pics, Ray does all the technical and I just put it together. Without all the other people there’s nothing!

      Nigel T

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