Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker

Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker Review and Specifications

Specifications of Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker

Year built1981  /  Age : 37
Flag state Russia
BuilderWartsila Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
ClassRussian diesel icebreaker (cruise ship)
OwnerFar East Shipping Company (FESCO)
OperatorQuark Expeditions
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)123 m / 404 ft
Beam (width)27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage12288 gt
Passengers54 - 112
Decks with cabins4

Review of Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker

Kapitan Khlebnikov ("ледокол Капитан Хлебников") is an icebreaking vessel. The icebreaker cruise ship is regularly chartered by the travel company Quark Expeditions for tourist shipping operations on itineraries to Russian Arctic territories. Owned by the Russian company FESCO Group (its subsidiary "Far East Shipping Company"), this icebreaking vessel is generaly used for supplying mines, resource exploitation industries and for scientific expeditions.

Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker cruise ship

  • The shipowner FESCO is Russia's largest intermodal transportation company. Among the services provided are marine shipping, cargo port handling and rail transportation. The company has over 70 sales offices around the world, with its headquarters in Moscow.
  • The icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov was constructed in Finland in 1981 as one of a quartet of Kapitan Sorokin-class icebreaking ships.
  • In 1990 she was refitted as a tour ship and was the first vessel ever to carry passengers and circumnavigate Antarctica in 1996-1997.
  • In February 2006 Kapitan Khlebnikov reached the Antarctic Bay of Whales, equalling a record set by Roald Amundsen in Fram, 1911.
  • The icebreaker was for a short time trapped in Antarctic ice in a bay close to Snow Hill Island, in the middle of November 2009. A total of 101 passengers, with the majority being UK citizens, were among the trapped ship's complement of 184 people. The "Emperor Penguin Safari" trip and was arranged by the adventure travel company "Exodus". 3 of the UK passengers were BBC film crew working on the documentary "Frozen Planet" (broadcasted in 2011). The icebreaker was several days behind schedule, but not endangered in any way.
  • In March 2012 the vessel retired as a passenger ship and returned to escort duties in Russian Arctic. Quark Expeditions then marked the occasion with special guests and itineraries. From July 10, 2011 through September 13, 2011 the icebreaker made a full Arctic circumnavigation cruise which lasted for 66 days and featured adventure activities and helicopter tours.
  • Besides Quark Expeditions, the icebreaker is also chartered by the USA-based company "Victory Cruises". The company generaly charters Russian icebreakers and ice-strengthened cruise ships, among which are Akademic Sergey Vavilov, Akademik Ioffe, Ushuaia, Ortelius, Plancius, Ocean Nova, Polar Pioneer, Stella Australis.

Kapitan Khlebnikov 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 Khlebnikov, also includes the diesel-powered icebreakers Makarov, 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.Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker ship

A polar-class icebreaker that combines technology with modern comforts, the Kapitan Khlebnikov ship was originally designed for the severity of the Arctic Ocean. She has twin decks which boast superstructure and engine room located in the middle, transom stern and an icebreaker bow. The stern area is cushioned to allow for close towing of other ships when helping through the ice.

Passenger accommodations include a total of 54 cabins and suites. The icebreaker has two dining rooms, a bar and lounge. Other amenities are an exercise room, sauna and heated indoor swimming pool, as well as a shop and theatre-style auditorium. The library offers polar-themed books' collection.

The ice-breaker's double hull has water ballast between, along with pumps that move ballast water at up to 74 t/min to help ice breaking. Hull thickness at the ice skirt is 45 mm and elsewhere 25-35 mm. Friction between the vessel and the ice is reduced via polymer-paint coating at the ice skirt's level. An air bubbling system aids ice breaking. Air is forced under pressure from 2m (6,6 ft) above keel from the bow of the ship to halfway down.

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

  • The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, 1 swimming pool (indoor, heated), 1 elevator, 1 helipad (helicopter deck).
  • Max Draught: 8,5 m (28 ft)
  • Displacement tonnage: 14917 tons
  • DWT Deadweight tonnage: 4515 tons
  • Power: Wartsila-Sulzer (six diesel engines type 9ZL40/48), each with 3040 kW output (compbined 18,24 MW)
  • Propulsion: diesel-electric, with three shafts (each with 5,4 MW output, or combined 16,2 MW)

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.

Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker wiki

  • One of the Russian icebreaker cruise ships, Kapitan Khlebnikov is an expedition vessel, that in 1996 tied the record of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen for reaching 78° South. Khlebnikov also became the first ship to circumnavigate Antarctica with cruise passengers. It also remains the world's only passenger ship to have circumnavigated Antarctica twice.
  • The icebreaking vessel Kapitan Khlebnikov was purpose-built in Finland for crushing through sea ice. Nine years after its construction, the vessel was refitted as a passenger expedition vessel. Today, it features 51 cruise cabins, lounge and bar, Boutique, theater-style auditorium, modern amenities (complimentary drinks, sauna, heated indoor plunge pool). This is also the only cruise ship with two onboard helicopters, providing opportunities for aerial sightseeing excursions.
  • In 1992, the Khlebnikov icebreaker joined the fleet of Quark Expeditions and served as flagship until 2012. In mid November 2009, carrying 101 passengers, the ship stuck in the Antarctica's ice. The cruise (called "Emperor Penguin Safari") was booked through the adventure travel company "Exodus". Three of the trapped guests were from a BBC film crew, working on a documentary. Entitled "Frozen Planet", the movie was broadcasted in the UK in 2011.
  • Kapitan Khlebnikov itinerary program offers polar expedition cruises in the Arctic, leaving from Anchorage (Alaska, USA), Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway) and Ottawa (Ontario, Canada).

Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker vessel details

Kapitan Khlebnikov is a modern expedition icebreaker cruise ship engineered to explore the Polar Regions. No passenger vessel has transited Northwest Passage more often than the Khlebnikov. This ship features an ice-strengthened hull, advanced navigation equipment and Zodiac boats for remote landings and wildlife exploration. This polar cruising ship is well focused on wellness and health with its sauna, gym and indoor pool. The Russian shipowner FESCO is publicly traded and among the Russia's largest privately-owned logistics and transportation companies. Its business includes cargo ports management, marine shipping, ferry services, rail services, logistics. Most of its operations are in the Russia's Far East regions. FESCO's fleet, along with Khlebnikov, also includes the diesel-powered icebreakers Admiral Makarov, Krasin and Magadan.

Technical details, ship specificationsSpecial features of icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov
Ship Builder: Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)Max Passengers: 110
IMO: 7824417Crew Capacity: 70
Year of built: 1981Passenger decks: 6
Cruising Speed: 15 kn (28 kph / 17 mph)Dining rooms: 2
Flag: RussiaTheater / Spa / Sauna:: Yes
Length: 122.5 mSwimming Pools: 1, Jacuzzis: No
Draught: 8.5 mElevators: 1
Displacement tonnage: 12290 tonsHelipads: 1

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