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Quark Expeditions, the recognized Leader in Polar Adventures, has officially taken possession of the highly-anticipated polar vessel, Ultramarine. The official handover of the technologically-advanced ship took place in Brodosplit, Croatia, where construction on this game-changing ship started in 2018.

During the last three years, a community of engineers, naval architects, welders, structural fabricators, riggers, electricians and hundreds of other shipyard crew—as well as the designers, innovators and operational team members in the Quark Expeditions head office—have worked night and day to bring Ultramarine to life.

We’re incredibly proud to officially welcome into our fleet Ultramarine, whose features include two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, the largest portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, advanced sustainability systems and superior onboard amenities. The design of Ultramarine enables our team to get guests off the ship and deeper into the polar wilderness faster and safer than was previously possible. 

Interesting factoids:

Ultramarine was delivered on a budget of USD $160 million

The 128-metre (420 foot) vessel will accommodate 199 guests

Ultramarine offers the industry’s biggest portfolio of off-ship adventure options, including Heli-hiking, Alpine Kayaking, Flightseeing, Helicopter-supported Mountain Biking and Exclusive Greenland Ice Sheet Landing, to name a few.
 

• The ship will be equipped with 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs

•The signature ‘Q’ on the side of Ultramarine is 22.3 meters high

• The mighty vessel contains 428 kms of cables, 156 kms of piping, 7,260 tons of steel, and 12,210 kilos of bronze

• The steel hull reaches a thickness of 4 inches (10.16 cm)
 

The H145 helicopters, which are the most fuel-efficient in their class, are celebrated for their small external footprint and reduced noise pollution

•Guests on our helicopters will enjoy superior comfort (7 out of 8 get a window seat!) in a sleek, best-in-class helicopter equipped with interior padding for a quieter flight and large scratch-proof windows which are perfect for photographers
The construction of Ultramarine involved 1.3 million worker hours (excluding the engineering and design phase)

We invite your questions about Ultramarine—which changes forever the way we explore the Polar Regions!

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