Aurora Expeditions will launch a second purpose-built expedition ship to explore Antarctica in autumn 2021.

A sister-ship to the soon-to-be launched Greg Mortimer (pictured), it will be built by Miami-based shipyard, SunStone.

It will be similar in design, with X-Bow technology developed by Norwegian ship designer Ulstein.

The inverted bow concept enables gentler sea crossings and reduced emissions.

Robert Halfpenny, managing director of Aurora Expeditions, said: “Sales for our polar voyages have been phenomenal with a virtually sold-out upcoming Antarctic 2019-20 season.

“In excess of 60% of the inventory has already been sold for Antarctica 2020/21 and with the second ship, we are now able to ensure that the demand for places is met without causing disappointment to those who have not been able to join us during Greg Mortimer’s inaugural season.”

The second ship will launch from Ushuaia, Argentina, in autumn 2021 before heading south for the 2021-22 Antarctic season.

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