Akademik Ioffe icebreaker Review and Specifications
Specifications of Akademik Ioffe icebreaker
|Year built||1989 / Age : 30|
|Builder||Rauma-Repola Oy Shipyard (Savonlinna, Finland)|
|Class||Russian diesel icebreaker (cruise ship)|
|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|
|Sister-ships||Akademik Sergey Vavilov|
|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 a cruise ship under charter by One Ocean Expeditions (branded as "One Ocean Navigator") since 2008. The ship was last refurbished in 2011.
One of the Russian icebreakers, Akademik Ioffe is among world's largest and most powerful polar research vessels. Both Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov (sistership by design) were built in Finland for the Russian Academy of Science to serve its hydro-acoustic ocean research program.
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. Detailed information (review of each facility) is available by deck plan.
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.
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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. Ioffe's sistership by design (and also fleet mate) is Akademik Sergey Vavilov.
- The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, 1 swimming pool, no elevators, 1 helipad.
- Draught: 6 m
- Deadweight: 1738
- Note: In the 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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This icebreaking vessel is fitted with internal stabilizers. Its built-in ballast trimming system allows rapid transfer of ballast water between special trimming tanks, which additionally reduces the motion. This Russian-flagged vessel has all certifications required by Russia's and international maritime law and all required safety and emergency equipment - regularly inspected and tested. A passenger muster drill (lifeboat briefing) is conducted on embarkation day of each cruise to provide information on onboard emergency equipment and procedures. The equipment includes 2 fully-enclosed lifeboats (total capacity of 132 seats) and 4 liferafts (total capacity of 200 seats).
Ship's powerplant includes 2 diesel engines. The propulsion system consists of twin propellers (contra-rotating), 1 bow-thruster and 1 stern-thruster. The ship additionally has built-in backup propulsion units.
The Australia-based company "Eclipse Travel" announced a "solar eclipse cruise" to Antarctica in 2021 on MS Akademik Ioffe. The eclipse will occur on December 4 (Saturday). The 20-day itinerary was scheduled to depart from Ushuaia Argentina on November 23, 2021. Before the 2021 solar eclipse, the cruise visits Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Orkney Islands (on the eclipse day), continuing south to Antarctica with planned shore excursions led by marine biologists, ornithologists, naturalists resident photography professional. Cruise prices started from USD 16,800 pp (triple occupancy cabin rate), plus USD 1000 in onboard credit with Eclipse Travel bookings. Twin cabin prices started from USD 19,200 pp, suites - from USD 25,100 pp. Sea kayaking tours cost USD 800 pp.
In early-2019, on the Ioffe icebreaker was installed a Science Research Lab - containerized laboratory via a partnership with Ocean Wise (international ocean conservation organization, non-profit established in June 2017). Branded as "One Ocean Lab", the specialized laboratory was first installed on RCGS Resolute. The 20-ft long container workroom is equipped with the latest equipment for conducting scientific research in remote coastal areas. Collected data provide unique information and allows researchers to analyze and develop procedures to protect natural ecosystems and habitats worldwide. Shipboard, the researchers engage with cruise passengers and explain their studies.
In May 2019, the sisterships Ioffe and Vavilov were unexpectedly withdrawn from passenger service, thus canceling the time-charter deal with One Ocean Expeditions. The charter deal was signed via Terragelida Ship Management Ltd (Cyprus-based vessel management company). The shipowner (Shirshov Institute of Oceanology) is Russia's main oceanic and climate research institution. Part of Russian Academy of Sciences, it was founded in 1946 and is Moscow-headquartered. According to shipowner's official statement, it has no contractual relationships with the vessel charterer (One Ocean Expeditions) thus not responsible for the cruise cancelations and not liable to the charterer.
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