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Friday, April 02 2021 - 05:41
Quark Expeditions Takes Ownership of Ultramarine -- Forever Changing Polar Exploration
SEATTLE, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Quark Expeditions, the Leader in Polar Adventures, took ownership today of the 
highly-anticipated polar vessel, Ultramarine. The official handover of the 
technologically-advanced ship took place in Split, Croatia, attended by Malcolm 
Ellis, Senior Vice-President of Operations for Quark Expeditions, and members 
of the Brodosplit shipyard team.

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"Today, we took ownership of more than a new ship. We officially welcomed into 
our fleet a game-changing vessel that will soon become an unrivalled 
operational base for polar adventures," said Andrew White, President of Quark 
Expeditions. "Every aspect of Ultramarine has been designed and engineered to 
enable our teams to get guests off the ship and deep into the polar wilderness 
better than ever before. This new vessel -- in the hands of the most 
experienced team in the expedition industry -- will allow us to create truly 
immersive off-ship adventures for our guests while providing them with a 
superior onboard experience." 

"This game-changing ship was delivered after more than five years of dedicated 
work and considerable financial resources," said White. "This commitment of 
time and money, especially during an industry-challenging pandemic, reflects 
our confidence in the future of polar travel and underscores our commitment to 
delivering life-changing polar experiences no one ever thought possible."

The 128-metre (420 foot) Ultramarine will accommodate 199 guests, and will 

    -- Two twin-engine helicopters and two heliports: 
       The two H145 helicopters, operated from two heliports, will allow more 
       passengers to simultaneously experience new destinations accessible 
       only by air, and to enjoy more unique aerial perspectives of the Polar 
       Regions than on any other ship. 

    -- Twenty quick-deploy Zodiacs: 
       The 20 quick-launching Zodiacs at four embarkation points mean the 
       expedition team can load and embark Zodiacs faster, safer and easier 
       than ever before. 

    -- The industry's largest selection of adventure options: 
       Ultramarine, with its two helicopters and 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, 
       will offer the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventure options in 
       the industry, allowing guests to customize their polar experience. 
       These include flightseeing, heli-hiking and helicopter-supported 
       alpine kayaking, among others. 

    -- Advanced sustainability features: 
       The vessel's sustainability features include the Micro Auto 
       Gasification System (MAGS), which is the industry-leading system that 
       converts waste into energy at the site that it's generated. MAGs 
       eliminates the environmental impact of waste transportation, offering 
       an innovative sustainability feature that exceeds all industry 

"The completion of Ultramarine -- with its superior on-ship amenities and 
advanced technology -- is a testament to the community of engineers, naval 
architects, welders, structural fabricators, riggers, electricians and all of 
the other crew at the Brodosplit shipyard -- as well as the designers, 
innovators and operational team members in the Quark Expeditions head office -- 
who've worked long and hard over the last three years," said Malcolm Ellis, 
Senior Vice-President of Operations for Quark Expeditions. "So many people have 
contributed to the building of this vessel -- and that includes our expedition 
team whose input spurred so many of the innovations that catapult Ultramarine 
into a league of its own."

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About Quark Expeditions: Specializing exclusively in expeditions to Antarctica 
and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions ( 
) (R) has been the leading innovator of polar adventure since the company took 
the first group of consumer travelers to the North Pole in 1991. Quark 
Expeditions has been innovating ever since. With a diverse fleet of 
specially-equipped small expedition vessels and icebreakers -- some of them 
equipped with helicopters -- Quark Expeditions delivers deeply immersive polar 
experiences -- and is able to take guests deeper into the Polar Regions than 
anyone else. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including 
scientists, wildlife experts and researchers, Quark Expeditions offers an 
onboard program that enriches the passenger experience. 

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experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 
independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From 
sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand 
is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers 
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