Icebreaking Polar Research Vessel
The Astrolabe is a French icebreaking research vessel. Her duties include bringing personnel and supplies to the Dumont d'Urville research station in Antarctica. The vessel has been making regular voyages between Hobart and Antarctica for fifteen years and is among the smallest research vessels working in Antarctic waters. The vessel is frequently serviced in the Tasmanian shipyard Southern Marine Shiplift in Launceston. The vessel has also traversed the Northeast passage. The European Space Agency reported that the 1992 traverse "was the first civilian expedition through the NSR since the Russian revolution."
Port of registry: Marseille, France Builder: Ferguson-Ailsa, Glasgow, United Kingdom Yard number: 567 Completed: 1986 General characteristics Type: Antarctic supply ship Tonnage: 1,753 GRT 949 DWT 525 NT Length: 65.5 m (214 ft 11 in) Beam: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in) Depth: 5.35 m (17 ft 7 in) Ice class: 1A Super Installed power: 2 × Mirless Blackstone 8MB275 (2 × 2,300 kW) Propulsion: Two shafts; controllable pitch propellers Bow thruster (500 bhp) Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) (max) 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) (economical) Capacity: 50 passengers Crew: 5 officers, 7 other crew Aviation facilities: Helipad
Location: Hobart, Tasmania Price idea: try offers in region $2.5 mil Note: the vessel will be replaced by a larger new building contracted by the French government and hence put up for sale with delivery after her last contract finishes in March/April 2017. A rare opportunity to acquire such a purpose built vessel!
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