Conceived as a project for owners who don’t want to compromise on luxury or performance, the 50m/164ft vessel is capable of cruising the Polar Regions using a hull built to Ice Class specifications. As Ocea designed and constructs military ships as its core business, designer Fulvio de Simoni wanted to reflect this in the appearance.
Due to the intention to cruise in extreme temperatures, the interiors are designed with space, comfort and natural illumination in mind, connecting guests with environments such as the Drake Channel or the striking rocky Cuverville Island while enjoying indoor comforts.
The full-beam Owner’s apartment on the main deck forward has its own lounge that can also be used for the study, and the bathroom has space for a sauna if desired.
The crew are just as well catered for, with large and comfortable accommodation and crew recreational areas, as well as efficient workspaces to ensure that everyone is well rested on long journeys in isolated regions.
The technical area is placed forward on a raised deck area that can also be used to store the hiking gear. Guests have direct access to this area from the main salon and the planking area is less than a metre above the waterline for quick access to the tenders while staying sheltered from bad weather.
Outside, the tenders and RIBS are easily launched and retrieved using Davit cranes and other dedicated systems, which use the same technology as Ocea’s military ships.
Another well-designed space is the highly efficient engine room, which also has a 6m²/65ft² workshop and control room which can remotely access key systems and control them manually. Both the workshop and control room can be accessed via the lower deck crew quarters for efficiency while maintaining guest privacy.
Current projects at Ocea include the construction of several military ships, and the largest is an 85m/279ft vessel that will also become the largest military vessel constructed in aluminium.