The 120-passenger Sea Spirit, which Toronto-based polar specialist Quark Expeditions will operate under charter starting next month, is replacing the Clipper Adventurer, which ran aground in August.

Adventure Canada was chartering the Clipper Adventurer when it ran aground in the Arctic.

"That incident led to the cancellation of her first three scheduled sailings in the Antarctic as a Quark vessel. However, the repairs took longer than expected," Quark said.

When Quark found out that the Clipper Adventurer would not be repaired in time to sail the 2010-11 Antarctic season, the company chartered the Sea Spirit, formerly Cruise West's Spirit of Oceanus, to sail the Clipper’s schedule.

The Clipper Adventurer will return to Quark's fleet for the 2011-12 Antarctic season. All Clipper guests for the 2010-11 season have been rebooked on Sea Spirit, the company said.

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