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Contract for our first polar expedition cruise ship

Bergen, Norway – June 12, 2018: We are proud to announce that Quark Expeditions has placed an order for a polar expedition cruise ship of LMG Marin design. The ship will be built by Brodosplit shipyard as their NB487 and is scheduled for delivery by the third quarter of 2020. LMG Marin will deliver a basic design package in a contract with Brodosplit.

The vessel, designated LMG 200-PCS, is the result of a close cooperation with Quark and its partners. At 128 m in length, it has a capacity of 200 passengers and 116 crew members. The vessel is tailored for operations in polar and distant regions, and will be built according to DNV-GL polar class PC(6) standard. The vessel will have an unrivalled level of safety and is fully compliant with Safe Return to Port requirements, in addition to having a life boat capacity for all persons on board.

The polar expedition cruise ship has a strong emphasis on crew and passenger facilities. Excursion boats are stored indoors for safe and efficient operation by the crew. The top deck includes infrastructure for two helicopters that will provide an unprecedented and unique flight experience for the passengers. All passenger cabins have either large windows or a private balcony, with several cabins catering to disabled persons. The vessel is further equipped with a comfortable spa and wellness area, and two restaurants.

Passenger ships have always been an important market for LMG Marin. Throughout our 75 years of operation, we have designed more than 100 ferries, RoPax vessels and passenger vessels of various kinds, built at shipyards worldwide. The contract with Brodosplit for Quark Expedition’s new vessel is LMG Marin’s first in the polar expedition cruise ship segment and marks an important breakthrough in our focus on larger RoPax and passenger vessels.

About Quark Expeditions®
Specializing in expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, Quark offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience.

About Brodosplit
Brodosplit is the largest Croatian shipyard, located in Split. We have more than 2200 employees, including 150 engineers and 1400 production workers, and the ability to process up to 150.000t of steel per year. Based on knowledge and experience of our people, we are building sophisticated cruise ships, mega yachts, ferries, offshore supply and navy vessels – from design to commissioning as turnkey projects. Our biggest advantage is the ability to build tailor-made, one-of-a-kind ships. We are also producing steel constructions for bridges, offshore and renewable energy markets. Recent references: RoPax 'Piana', Mega Yacht 'Katina', 'Flying Clipper' sailing ship, Venice Floodgates, 'Hondius' expedition vessel.

About LMG Marin
LMG Marin is a ship design company headquartered in Bergen, Norway. We celebrate our 75th anniversary this year. Since our beginning, car ferries and passenger ships have been an important part of our work. We also have extensive experience in the design of polar and ice-going ships, with references ranging from arctic ice-breaking coast guard vessels to ice-strengthened ferries for the Baltic region.

LMG Marin is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd.

For more information, please contact:

Torbjørn Bringedal
Managing Director, LMG Marin
Phone: +47 55 59 40 16
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Contract for our first polar expedition cruise ship