QUARK Expedition’s Ultramarine floated out from its Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia mid-last month, with the ship thus far still on time for an end-of-year delivery despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ultramarine is scheduled to make her debut in the Canadian Arctic next year, with the 106m (A$177m) polar expedition ship now 70% complete.

The ship is the country’s “largest export product”, according to Croatian Minister of Economy Darko Horvat, with Quark Expeditions Director of Sales Asia Pacific Jarrod Zurvas also expressing enthusiasm for the project, noting the shipyard’s punctuality.

The ship is designed to be “a pioneering mix of advanced sustainability features,” and will include a range of cutting-edge technologies aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.

Ultramarine has been issued CLEAN certification by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, and TIER III status by the International Maritime Organization,” said Quark Expeditions Vice President of Sales Thomas Lennartz.