There are 47 ships that either currently, or have recently cruised Polar waters. This number does not include large ships that have regularly visited Polar destinations. There are also 43 ice classed cruise ships on order, with 40 of them for delivery by 2023.The presentation will draw on research by the author for a new book that will be published in 2020 by The History Press in the UK. Of Penguins and Polar Bears: A History of Polar Cruising traces the origin of Polar cruising from William Bradford’s Greenland cruise in 1869 on the Newfoundland sealer Panther, to the proposed delivery of Ponant’s PC2 class Le Commandant Charcot in 2021. The presentation will include many original photographs relating to the growth of Polar cruising as well as different polar destinations, from St Sunniva in 1886 to date as well as the impact of the Polar Code and touch on the safety record of ships from the Ile de France incident in 1906 in Spitzbergen to Viking Sky in 2019 off Molde.
Speaker Name & Bio
Mr. Christopher Wright - Retired President, The Mariport Group Ltd
Christopher Wright is the retired President of The Mariport Group Ltd, a specialized marine and port consulting company formed in 1989. He commenced his career in shipping with the Westinform Service in London (UK) in 1964, and after a stint with the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom moved to the Bahamas in 1970 where he was Senior Consultant and a Director of JBC in Nassau. A move to Canada in 1981 created new opportunities in Arctic shipping, ports and passenger shipping consultancy, both in North America and internationally. On his retirement in 2013 he joined WorleyParsons Canada (now Advisian) in a contract position as a Marine Logistics Specialist. In 2016 he published Arctic Cargo; A History of Marine Transportation in Canada’s North. The book draws on cross Canada research assembling data from many different sources as wall as drawing heavily on Mariport file material. The book addressed a neglected aspect of Arctic development, and was intended as a much needed reference work about shipping and the Canadian Arctic.
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$10 CAD - Non-Members/Guests
Maximum number of registrants - 50
5:30pm - 6:45pm : Social Hour at The Red Stag (Optional)
*Note: Social hour purchases not covered by SNAME
6:45pm - 7:15pm : Registration at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
7:15pm - 8:15pm : Speaker Presentation and Q&A
8:15pm - 9:00pm : Networking/Meet and Greet with Speaker