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R.V. Polarstern icebreaker

Keel layingNaming ceremonyCommissioning
in Kiel
named „Polarstern“
09 December 1982
by German Federal
Minister for Research
Heinz Riesenhuber

Port of registryBremerhaven
  • sail through 2 m thick ice with a speed of 5 knots
  • breaks ice up to 3 m thickness.
  • Vessel Type Ice Going Multipurpose Research Vessel
    Vessel Class Global
    Length118 meters / 385 feet
    Width25 meters
    Max. draft11.20 meters
    Max. displacement17,277 tons
    Empty weight12,012 tons
    Commissioning AWI1982
    Engine4 x KHD RBV 8M540
    Engine power19,198 PS (four engines)
    Range19,000 nautical miles / 80 days
    Endurance 320 days
    Max. speed16 knots
    Operation areaAtlantic Ocean, Arctic and Antarctic Oceans
    Scientist berths 55
    Total Crew44
    Decks crew: 24h; Decks crew for heavy gear: 10h daytime; No regular technical support for onboard science systems.
    Days on sea per year (2013)310
    ShipyardNobiskrug, Rendsburg and Howaldswerke - Deutsche Werft Kiel AG, Germany
    Scientists 53 long term sailing

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