purchaser of Rolls-Royce Marine,


designer of the ship and supplier of the ship’s propulsion equipment and main machinery. Te concept was designed by UK consultancy Houlder. Te four engines central to the diesel-

electric installation are of the B33:45 medium-speed series, manufactured by the Bergen division of Rolls-Royce Power Systems (which remains part of the Rolls-Royce Group). Te exhaust lines are fitted with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units, to ensure compliance with IMO Tier III controls on NOx emissions. The crew complement will be

approximately 30, while up to 60 scientists and support staff will also be accommodated.

Polarstern successor At the turn of the year, German industry sources said that an announcement was expected soon as to the shipbuilding contractor for the long-mooted

Polarstern II project, as the successor to the 1982-commissioned research icebreaker Polarstern. The latter is deployed in Arctic

and Antarctic

assignments under the aegis of Alfred Wegener Institute’s Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, which will be responsible for the future icebreaker. It had originally been hoped to have

the ship in service by 2019, but the date was subsequently pushed back a year, and it now seems unlikely that the ship will enter service before 2021 at the earliest. Te newbuild will be federal government owned and funded. Hamburg shipowner and operator Reederei F. Laeisz has been entrusted with design consultancy services for the project, and will undertake building supervision and also ship management for at least six years aſter delivery. Te Polar ice class of the 26,000tonne

displacement newbuild, of approximately 145m length and 27.3m beam, would be similar to that of Polarstern, equivalent to

PC2. Te specification is expected to call for the capability to passage through ice of 1.5m-thickness with a 20% snow cover at a continuous speed of 3-5knots, and for operation in air temperatures as low as -50°C. Endurance would need to equate to trip lengths of up to 90 days, plus the possibility for emergency overwintering. Te freight and scientific payload will

include supply goods for the Neumayer III research station and Antarctic summer campaigns. Accommodation is to be provided for a maximum 130 personnel, of whom about 40 will be crew. Research cruises can be expected to usually involve up to 60 scientists. France, Norway, Peru, Russia and

South Africa are among those countries which have brought new, purpose-built polar research/logistic ships into being over recent years, and Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan and South Korea are among those pursuing or considering plans for such vessels. OMT

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