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Ponant’s first Explorer class ship towed to Norway for fitting out

The first ship in the Ponant Explorers series of the French expeditin cruise operator Ponant, Le Lapérouse, arrived in Norway, where her construction will continue in the Vard shipyard.

The steel hull of the ship was built at a Vard shipyard in Romania, while the fitting out will take place in Norway

The ship was towed by BB Troll, and sailed through the Mediterranean, passing Gibraltar, the Bay of Biscay and crossing the English Channel to reach Norway and the Vard shipyard.

Le Lapérouse will be the first of the four expedition ships, the Ponabt Explorers , to launch in June, followed by Le Champlain, set for delivery in autumn 2018. Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville will be operational in 2019.

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