Quark Expeditions’ Ultramarine touches water

Brodosplit shipyard holds launch ceremony for purpose-built polar vessel

Quark Expeditions marked a major milestone this week in the construction of its new polar vessel, Ultramarine, with a launch ceremony at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.

Tomislav Debeljak, Owner and CEO of the DIV Group, which includes Brodosplit, was joined by shipyard godmother Andrea Mutak (from the Split-based children’s charity Udruga Andeli—Association of Angels), dignitaries and Brodosplit employees as Ultramarine entered the water for the very first time.

“Today’s launch ceremony is a time-honoured shipyard tradition,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “That very moment when ‘ship first meets water’ is a major milestone for any vessel. The sound of Ultramarine’s hull entering the water from slipway No. 2 into Supaval Bay signified we’re one step closer to exploring the polar regions on this game-changing ship. But, of course, it’s not just any ship that we’re celebrating today – but a ship built specifically for polar exploration. Ultramarine will be an unrivalled operational base for exploring the polar regions in ways never thought possible.”

Andrea Mutak was chosen as shipyard godmother because of her work with Udruga Andeli (Association of Angels), a community organisation in Split that supports children with severe physical and developmental disabilities.

The finished product - Ultramarine rendering

The 199-passenger Ultramarine features two twin-engine helicopters, 20 Zodiacs, the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the entire industry (including heli-skiing, alpine kayaking and heli-hiking) and more.

To learn more about Ultramarine’s inaugural season, visit Quark Expeditions’ Arctic 2021 Expeditions page.

Image credit: Brodosplit shipyard

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