Icebreaker “Óscar Viel” Says Goodbye

February 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – On January 4, at the pier of Asmar in Punta Arenas, the farewell ceremony of the icebreaker AP-46 “Almirante Óscar Viel” belonging to the Third Naval Zone was held, starting its last navigation on January 8 to Talcahuano. where, officially, this Monday, February 11, he was discharged from the service of the Chilean Navy. In an emotional ceremony, which was chaired by the Commander in Chief of the Navy (S), Guillermo Luttges VA and was marked by details and memories, the last crew composed…

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Icebreaking Begins at Kamchatka Submarine Base

January 2, 2019 (Google Translation) – In Kamchatka, in order to eliminate difficult ice conditions, the ships of the auxiliary fleet of the Pacific Fleet embarked on an intensive ice breaking at the basing station of nuclear submarines of the Pacific Fleet. The accumulation of ice and its compaction in places up to half a meter in Krasheninnikov Bay occurred as a result of extreme cold that lasted for a week, which significantly influenced the safety of the parking and navigation of submarine cruisers. The ice breaking task has been…

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Inter-service tactical exercise on safeguarding RF State Border starts in Kamchatka

July 2, 2018 – Today, a planned inter-service tactical exercise on safeguarding RF State Border starts in Kamchatka has started in Kamchatka. The exercise involves units and subunits of the Pacific Fleet, Border Directorate of the RF Federal Security Service on the Eastern Arctic Area, Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia) and Russian Interior Ministry on the Kamchatka Territory. During the exercise, the Pacific Fleet units together with representatives of the other power structures will practise the tasks of detaining and inspecting the non-compliant vessel simulated by the ice-breaker Ivan Susanin, as…

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GE to Provide Full Propulsion System Solution to the Chilean Navy’s Icebreaker

GE’s Marine Solutions was chosen by ASMAR Shipyards to provide the complete scope of an integrated marine propulsion system for the Chilean Navy’s new Antarctic icebreaking Polar Class vessel. It will replace the retired icebreaker to continue the navy’s Antarctic expedition for search and rescue missions, scientific research, logistic support and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory. The 110-meter long vessel will have GE’s full marine propulsion system to power and propel the vessel, including diesel electric propulsion, GE’s International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Tier 3-compliant diesel engine, a complete…

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US Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in the western Great Lakes

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite today in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region. Today, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder was assigned to manage the ice breaking needs of western Lake Superior, specifically the twin ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, as well as the Port of Thunder Bay, Ontario. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay was assigned to the St.…

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Asmar completes the repairs period of the AP-46 Almirante Viel

Google Translation The icebreaker AP-46 Admiral Óscar Viel of the Chilean Navy returned at the end of November to the naval base of Punta Arenas after completing a repairs program carried out by Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (Asmar). The vessel spent seven months in the company’s Talcahuano industrial plant undergoing a series of major works aimed at maintaining the unit’s capabilities and extending its useful life until the year 2022 when it is expected to be replaced by the new vessel. icebreaker that Asmar builds. In this intermediate…

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US Navy Releases Draft Request For Proposal For Coast Guard Icebreaker Design, Construction

The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) Oct. 19 for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two additional HPIBs. The USCG requires new heavy icebreakers to ensure continued access to both Polar Regions and support the country’s economic, commercial, maritime and national security needs. The draft RFP is for comments, questions, and planning purposes and is provided as…

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Newest icebreaker Ilya Muromets to launch final trials on Wednesday

It is scheduled that the newest icebreaker Ilya Muromets will leave Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg to start the state test on October 4-7. Before the beginning, representatives of the Navy High Command will check the crew readiness for the test. In course of state tests, all specifications and systems of the icebreaker Ilya Muromets are to be checked. In particular, it includes the operating of radio navigation and other radars, lifting gear, life support systems, propulsion systems, and anchor equipment. Previously, on August 25, the icebreaker has finished the…

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New polar ship construction milestone

A major feat of engineering takes place this week (21 August) as the “stern section” of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, is transported by barge from Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead. The new ship is a major UK Government investment in frontier science. Commissioned by NERC, and built by Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd to a Rolls-Royce design, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will be operated by British Antarctic Survey when the…

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Philly Shipyard Member of USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker Design Team

April 6, 2017 – Philly Shipyard is teaming with Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) to compete for the detail design and construction of the next generation heavy polar icebreaker for the United States Coast Guard (USCG).  The USCG recently selected five shipyards to each conduct an industry study to help refine the vessel’s key features and performance requirements. Over the next year, FMG and Philly Shipyard, along with the naval architecture and marine engineering firm, VARD, will develop a baseline icebreaker design, cost estimate and project schedule and then refine them…

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U.S., Canada Governments Partner On Model And Test Activities To Support Heavy Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Efforts

The U.S. and Canadian governments on Feb. 7 established a partnership that will enable the U.S. Coast Guard heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program to test and validate potential heavy polar icebreaker design models at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) in St John’s, Newfoundland.   The testing, which includes analyses of maneuverability in ice and icebreaking resistance and powering, will be used to further inform the baseline requirements for new heavy polar icebreakers, expand current icebreaker design and operational knowledge, and support the urgent need to recapitalize U.S. heavy icebreaking capability. The…

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