Inaugurated in Le Havre last month, Le Commandant Charcot is the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG.
The vessel is currently enroute to Antarctica for her maiden season and became the first vessel of her kind to reach the geographic North Pole on September 6 during sea trials in preparation for her maiden voyage.
Hybrid network solution
Marlink’s hybrid network solution combines Sealink dual C- and Ku-band VSAT connectivity, GEO and LEO L-band connectivity and a high-data volume LEO store and forward capability.
The network employs the latest technologies, including software defined routing (SD-WAN) and Marlink's LTE/GSM service enabling Ponant to provide aggregated delivery of hundreds of gigabytes per month.
Connectivity in extreme latitudes
Mathieu Petiteau, director of newbuilds, R&D at Ponant said: ‘The challenge we gave Marlink was simple: to create a communications solution without compromise worthy of polar explorers and tailored for those who follow their footsteps, and they have delivered.’
Tore Morten Olsen, president, maritime, Marlink noted ‘Le Commandant Charcot features a new level of connectivity, enhancing the experience for guests and keeping them connected when at extreme latitudes.’