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Keel-laying ceremony for Oceanwide Expeditions’ newest vessel Janssonius

Oceanwide Expeditions’ newest vessel m/v Janssonius has had its keel-laying ceremony, the traditional shipbuilding event that marks the official “birthday” of a vessel.

The ceremony took place at Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia, and celebrates the formal start of Janssonius’s construction. Janssonius keel-laying ceremony was attended by Oceanwide Expeditions’ founder and shareholder Wijnand van Gessel, COO Mark van der Hulst, and other principal members of Oceanwide and Brodosplit.

Janssonius is designed in the same fashion as Oceanwide’s last ship, Hondius, and will be a Polar Class 6 vessel with a passenger capacity of 170 in 80 cabins and a crew of 72 that includes hotel staff, ship crew, and expedition guides.

The ship launch is planned for late summer 2021, upon which she will begin her voyages in the Antarctic season.