Akademik Ioffe icebreaker


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One Ocean Expeditions (Icebreakers)

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Akademik Ioffe icebreaker Review and Specifications

Specifications of Akademik Ioffe icebreaker

Year built 1989  /  Age : 29
Flag state Russia
Builder Rauma-Repola Oy Shipyard (Savonlinna, Finland)
Class Russian diesel icebreaker (cruise ship)
Owner Russian Federation
Operator RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 117 m / 384 ft
Beam (width) 18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage 6450 gt
Passengers 96
Crew 63
Decks 4
Former names One Ocean Navigator

Review of Akademik Ioffe icebreaker

MS Akademik Ioffe ("ледокол Академик Иоффе") is an icebreaking vessel owned by Russia's Academy of Sciences. It is also operated as cruise ship under charter by One Ocean Expeditions.

One of the Russian icebreaker cruise ships, Akademik Ioffe (aka "One Ocean Navigator") is a Russian icebreaker designed as a polar research vessel. It was built in Finland for the Russian Academy of Science to partner each other in hydro-acoustic ocean research expeditions.

Akademik Ioffe icebreaker ship

The ship features an ice-strengthened hull. Public spaces on board are ideally suited for every need. A separate lounge and bar, as well as a library are ideal places to relax while enjoying the Arctic scenery. A selection of documentaries and movies can be watched in the lounge. The dining room can host all passengers in a single seating. Other facilities include a presentation room, fitness and massage rooms, sauna, plunge pool, gift shop.

The ship carries all the equipment needed for exploration cruising, including Zodiac boats, kayaks, camping gear. The open-bridge policy allows passengers to the navigation room any time of the day.

Akademik Ioffe itinerary program offers Arctic expedition cruises to Spitsbergen and Svalbard. The vessel also cruises in Antarctica leaving from Ushuaia (Argentina) and visiting Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, South Georgia Island, the Falkland Islands.

Akademik Ioffe icebreaker vessel details

Designed as a modern research marine vessel, the One Ocean Navigator ship (Akademik Ioffe) is comfortable and stabilized. Refits and refurbishments over the last years were done for enhancing the expedition cruising experience. There is little if any noise from machinery or engines.

Most public spaces are located on a separate deck from most cabins, so there is little issue with guest-generated noises. Ship stabilization is gained through internal stabilizers and a built-in ballast trimming system.

Besides Ioffe, the list of other Russian icebreaking cruise ships also includes Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Kapitan Dranitsyn, Kapitan Khlebnikov and the nuclear ships 50 Let Pobedy and Yamal.

The vessel's sister by design (and also a fleetmate) is the icebreaker Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

  • The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, 1 swimming pool, no elevators, 1 helipad.
  • Draught: 6 m
  • Deadweight: 1738
  • 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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