- Owner - An Octopus in Antarctica

By SuperyachtNews

An Octopus in Antarctica

Camper and Nicholsons confirm that the iconic explorer will be available for charter in Antarctica in late 2022…

In August 2021 SuperyachtNews published an article that wondered how, and where, Camper and Nicholsons, may charter SY Octopus. The itinerary now seems to be taking shape, with the announcement that it would be available for charter in Antarctica in 2022. One of the most iconic yachts of its generation, its entry into the Camper and Nicholsons charter fleet comes with serious tonnage and capabilities. 

After a successful sale, completed by Burgess and Fraser, the legendary Lürssen Motor Yacht Octopus was then listed for charter with Camper and Nicholsons. In a statement to the media at the time, Camper and Nicholsons affirmed their desire to work with the new ownership team to deliver an industry-leading charter program as she enters a refit period and departs on a two-year round world trip in January 2022. Camper and Nicholsons also highlighted the owner's desire to maintain the expedition spirit that she is renowned for.

"She's the perfect yacht to undertake such a voyage," says Jacqui Lockhart, Head of Charter Marketing Europe for Camper & Nicholsons, who travelled to Antarctica herself in 2018. "She's well-equipped to host intrepid charterers off the beaten track with a fully equipped medical suite and dive centre onboard - complete with hyperbaric chamber - as well as a submarine and two helipads. Octopus was truly built for explorer expeditions.”

Commanding 2.2 million Euros per week, Octopus is at the top end of the charter market. Compared with the several other specialist charter yachts that charter in Antarctica regularly, it will be interesting to see the demand for a significantly larger vessel.

A highly equipped vessel for the voyage, it may present the perfect option for a high-end Antarctica charter. Designed by Espen Øino, Octopus was launched at the Lürssen shipyard in 2003. At 126m and 9,932GT, it was the largest exploration yacht ever built. With a diesel-electric propulsion system that allowed for dynamic positioning, Octopus could also act as a stable platform for truly ground-breaking scientific research and the operation of submersibles.




Profile links


LÜRSSEN 2003 2003 Delivered
126.18m 21.00m 5.85m 9932
Espen Oeino International
Jonathan Quinn Barnett Ltd - JQB LtdSorgiovanni Designs
LürssenEspen Oeino International

Join the discussion

Is there demand for a yacht of this size in Antarctica?


To post comments please Sign in or Register

When commenting please follow our house rules

Click here to become part of The Superyacht Group community, and join us in our mission to make this industry accessible to all, and prosperous for the long-term. We are offering access to the superyacht industry’s most comprehensive and longstanding archive of business-critical information, as well as a comprehensive, real-time superyacht fleet database, for just £10 per month, because we are One Industry with One Mission. Sign up here.

Related news

Image for New Zealand waits on maritime border opening

New Zealand waits on maritime border opening

Ben Osborne, director of 37South, looks ahead to the next cruising season for the New Zealand charter market


Image for Bi-weekly brokerage analysis

Bi-weekly brokerage analysis

March has seen a drop in sales for the brokerage market, compared to February, with the 58m Unbridled the highlight


Image for EYOS announces Arctic and Antarctic expeditions in 2022

EYOS announces Arctic and Antarctic expeditions in 2022

Ben Lyons, EYOS Expeditions CEO discusses the draw of Greenland and the capabilities of MV Nansen Explorer


Image for Making or breaking a charter

Making or breaking a charter

We speak with Caroline Antlett of Northrop & Johnson about what attracts long-term repeat clients


Image for Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association outline plans for 2022

Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association outline plans for 2022

We speak to APSA about exciting developments and pressing issues in an untapped region of the market


Sign up to the SuperyachtNews Bulletin

Receive unrivalled market intelligence, weekly headlines and the most relevant and insightful journalism directly to your inbox.

The SuperyachtNews App

Follow us on