Le Lézard
Classified in: Tourism and vacations, Transportation

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Celebrates Keel Laying Of First Polar New Build



NEW YORK, March 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, and Ulstein Group, Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer, today celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad's first polar new build at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. The occasion marked a major milestone in the construction of the world's most sophisticated expedition ship, and served as the official naming ceremony of the line's latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.    

"We are thrilled to announce the name of our new polar ship: National Geographic Endurance, due for delivery in the first quarter of 2020," announced Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions. "She is named in honor of Ernest Shackleton, Lindblad Expeditions' most revered explorer and will incorporate technical advances and create opportunities for guests beyond the reach of any contemporary ship."

"A Polar Class 5 rating gives us the ability to operate the ship freely at any time of year in polar environments vastly expanding our polar range," Lindblad continued. "This means we can explore deeper into the pack ice, or further north to the unexplored reaches of the arctic. For instance, northern Ellesmere Island, where only a relative handful of people have ever been. Or some of the completely off-the-beaten-path arctic islands that are remote, pristine and teeming with wildlife."

The ceremony continued with the traditional laying of the coins. First welded was a newly minted commemorative silver coin etched with the name of the ship, flanked by a polar bear and penguin signifying the two poles she will be exploring, and etched with To Explore and Understand the World.  And to signify Lindblad's commitment to their expedition team and crew, Sven laid the lucky coin of iconic Lindblad naturalist, Tom Ritchie, a 1780 Austro-Hungarian thaler [silver dollar] with Marie Theresa on one side and a double-headed eagle on the other.  

Joining the Lindblad team in Poland for the occasion was Trey Byus, Chief Expedition Officer; Tyler Skarda, Senior VP, Marine Operations; Captain Leif Skog, VP, Nautical and Ice Captain, and Nikolaos Doulis, Senior VP, New Buildings. Present for Ulstein was Gunvor Ulstein CEO Ulstein Group and Managing Director Ulstein Shipping; Tore Ulstein, Chair of the Board and Deputy CEO Ulstein Group; Kristian Sætre, Managing Director, Ulstein Verft; and Per Svein Brekke, Project Responsible. Among the CRIST representatives were Ireneusz ?wirko, Chair of the Managing Board and Krzysztof Kulczycki, Chair of the Supervising Board.

"We are excited to be witnessing this important milestone for the new exploration cruise vessel for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.We look forward to the arrival of the hull to our shipyard, Ulstein Verft, for the completion of this innovative vessel," stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO, Ulstein Group.

The state-of-the-art 126-guest polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact. A core feature is Ulstein's signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions. The ship's expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability, whether at zero speed or full steam ahead.

Immediately following the ceremony, Sven Lindblad, Trey Byus, and Captain Leif Skog departed to Longyearbyen to embark on a reconnaissance expedition that will yield discoveries for more exhilarating 2020 early season Arctic adventures for National Geographic Endurance. 

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership's educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. For more information visit us at www.expeditions.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

About Ulstein Group 

ULSTEIN has 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In 2017, they celebrate their 100-year anniversary. Throughout a century they have created tomorrow's solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners. Ulstein Verft has built over 300 vessels, and more than a hundred vessels from Ulstein Group are delivered with the characteristic X-BOW®. For more information visit: www.ulstein.com.

For images of the coins laid at the keel laying; Tom Ritchie and his lucky coin, and renderings of the National Geographic Endurancehttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/0ftu5ozma2fbd7c/AAA4AksZcByyvL_w3uLbakKMa?dl=0

SOURCE Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.


These press releases may also interest you

at 16:18
Los Angeles' most buzzed about pop-up exhibit Happy Place, curated to "capture your happy" will open its doors at its brand new location, L.A. Live's Event Deck on Thursday April 26, 2018 for a limited five week run, through May 27, 2018.  Happy...

at 16:09
Climate FieldView customers can now enjoy seamless integration of Sentera FieldAgent on-field sensor and analytics products with FieldView, and automatic synchronization of field boundary and other user information between platforms. The partnership...

at 16:01
Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (the "Company"), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. ("Hawaiian"), today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2018. First Quarter 2018 - Key Financial Metrics GAAP YoY Change Adjusted...

at 15:52
Hellerick's Family Farm's Aerial Adventure Park, a collection of zip lines, bridges, and a quick jump free fall in Bucks County, less than an hour from Philadelphia, opens for its second season on March 24. The park will be open weekends only until...

at 15:38
Canada is a top destination for United States travelers but many travelers may be on edge after a man drove a rental van and killed 10 pedestrians and injured at least 15 others in Toronto. Canadian authorities are calling the act deliberate but have...

at 14:48
Tomorrow's launch of a joint awareness campaign from CAA and the Share the Road Cycling Coalition has been cancelled due to the tragedy on Yonge Street yesterday. The campaign will be released digitally in the coming weeks. What: Please join...




News published on 17 march 2018 at 09:00 and distributed by: