The Ocean Nova is one of the most fuel-efficient vessels operating in the Polar Regions. Built in Denmark in 1992 and fully refurbished in 2006, she benefits from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in icy waters.
The Ocean Nova accommodates 68 passengers in 37 cabins each with sea view and private facilities. She has a spectacular observation lounge with full view windows, the latest lecture and presentation equipment and a complete bar. The aft library/lounge wrap-around windows, comfortable chairs and a complete Polar library.

The Ocean Nova takes her passengers in King George Island after they cruised the Drake by air.
The BAe 146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems).
It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which makes it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP,which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica. 
  • Model: BAE 146-200
  • Engines: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
  • Length: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
  • Wingspan: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
  • Cruise speed: 465 mph (750 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)

Cabins & Amenities

  • 34 outside cabins, all featuring private facilities
  • Spacious dining room with unreserved seating: buffet-style breakfast with table service; table- service lunch and dinner with main course choices from a changing daily menu; cakes served in mid-afternoon
  • Observation lounge and presentation room
  • Lounge and bar, open late morning, afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits; coffee, tea available all day
  • Library with collection of polar-themed books
  • Ship-to-shore communications via Fleet 77 phone, e-mail
Clinic with licensed doctor
  • Exercise room

Ship Specifications

  • Place built: Denmark
  • Country of registry: Bahamas
  • Gross tonnage: 2 183
  • Length: 73 metres
  • Width: 11 meters
  • Draft: 3,5 m
  • Two fully enclosed lifeboats
  • Ice Class: BV IceIB, Eo(Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Maximum Passengers: 84
  • Crew capacity: 34