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Admiral Makarov icebreaker Review and Specifications

Specifications of Admiral Makarov icebreaker

Year built 1975  /  Age : 43
Flag state Russia
Builder Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
Class Russian diesel icebreaker
Owner FESCO (Far East Shipping Company)
Operator FESCO (Far East Shipping Company)
Speed 20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA) 135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width) 26 m / 85 ft
Gross Tonnage 14058 gt
Passengers 110
Crew 70
Decks 4

Review of Admiral Makarov icebreaker

MS Admiral Makarov ("ледокол Адмирал Макаров”) is an icebreaking vessel owned and operated by the Russian company FESCO (abbrev from “Far East Shipping Company” / “Дальневосточное морское пароходство”), part of the FESCO Group (Vladivostok).

Admiral Makarov icebreaker ship

One of the Russian icebreaker ships, Admiral Makarov and the sister-ship Krasin (launched 1976) are the biggest of all four ice-breakers in the FESCO fleet. This ship is named after vice-admiral Stepan Makarov (1849-1904) who served in the Imperial Russian Navy and was also an oceanographer. Sakhalin island's town Shiritoru in 1946 was renamed to Makarov in his honor.

Admiral Makarov icebreaker's itinerary program since 2006 additionally offers services in the Tatar Strait (in the Pacific Ocean, dividing the Russian island Sakhalin from mainland Asia). This service is according to a 10-year government contract with the shipowner. Together with the Krasin ship, Admiral Makarov escorts large-capacity crude oil tankers between Sakhalin-I (oil and gas project on Sakhalin Island) and De-Kastri Oil Terminal (Khabarovsk Krai, Sea of Okhotsk).

Admiral Makarov icebreaker vessel details

FESCO is the biggest icebreaker-ship operator in Far East Russia. The Russian Federation government transferred 4 ice-breaking vessels to the company. FESCO's fleet, along with Makarov, also includes the diesel-powered icebreakers Kapitan Khlebnikov, Krasin and Magadan.

The four ships provide assistance in the ice-covered waters of the Russian far-eastern seas and the Arctic. However, their deployment is not limited to these sectors and covers areas from the Eastern Arctic region down to the Antarctica coast.

  • The vessel has 2 dining rooms, Sauna, 1 swimming pool, 1 elevator, 1 helipad.
  • Draught: 11 m (max)
  • Displacement tonnage: 20250 tons
  • Power: 9 x Wartsila-Sulzer 12ZH40 / 48 (3380 kW output each, or 30,420 MW combined power output)
  • Propulsion: 3 x Stromberg DC motors (8820 kW output each, or 26,460 MW combined power output)
  • Note: In case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.

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