MV Ushuaia Review and Specifications
Specifications of MV Ushuaia
|Builder||American Shipbuilding (Toledo, Ohio USA)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||84 m / 276 ft|
|Beam (width)||15 m / 49 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||2923 gt|
|Passengers||46 - 88|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Former names||Researcher, Malcolm Baldrige|
Review of MV Ushuaia
MV Ushuaia cruise ship is an expedition vessel operated by the travel company Antarpply Expeditions, Argentina. The ship was built in 1970 for the USA's NOAA agency ( "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration"). It served the agency for 20 years under the names "Malcolm Baldrige" and "Researcher".
Ushuaia is an ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship which has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in comfortable cabins and suites. The ship offers cruise itineraries to Antarctic Peninsula leaving roundtrip from Ushuaia (Argentina). Occasionally, it offers itineraries to South Georgia Island (British Antarctica) and Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean).
The shipowner Antarpply Expeditions company specializes in private charters (taking individual passengers and small groups) to some of the world's most remote and pristine destinations. The company aims to make at least 2 landings per day with duration around 3 hours each. Longer walk options are also available. Of these landings, one is scheduled to be continental, so cruise passengers to set foot on Antarctic continent proper. The ship also offers zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises and visit at least one of the scientific stations in order to get an inside look into the work taking place in Antarctica. Antarpply Expeditions cruises are operated within Antarctic Treaty System's parameters, including Antarctic Treaty and Protocol on Environment and Annexes and IAATO guidelines. The protection of wildlife is of major importance, as is the willingness to keep Antarctica pristine.
The polar ship Ushuaia is well appointed and provides open bridge policy and ample deck space. The inflatable landing craft ensures easy landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on inaccessible coastlines. All staterooms include ample storage space. Public areas feature single-sitting dining room, well-stocked library, observation lounge and bar, conference room (with contemporary multimedia equipment), small infirmary, changing room.
The expert expedition crew, officers and the Captain are experienced in Antarctic navigation. A specialist team of professional lecturers and tour leaders are all extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and fully dedicated to environment's protection. Chefs prepare delicious meals, including local cuisine specialties. The bar is well-stocked with specially selected spirits and wines.
On December 4, 2008, MV Ushuaia hit a rock in Wilhelmina Bay (Antarctica) and had to be evacuated with the assistance of the Chilean Navy ship AP-41 Aquiles to Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva. On December 6, all passengers and the ship's crew were flown to Ushuaia on an Argentinian Air Force craft Hercules C-130 TC-69.