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Spirit of Enderby

Former name: Professor Khromov

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Year built1984  /  Age : 36
Flag state Russia
BuilderLaivateollisuus Oy (Meyer Turku, Finland)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerRussian Federation
OperatorAurora Expeditions Australia, Heritage Expeditions New Zealand
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)72 m / 236 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage1750 gt
Passengers29 - 50
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesProfessor Khromov

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MV Spirit of Enderby cruise ship is an ice-strengthened research vessel, launched in 1984 under the name "Professor Khromov". The ship is one of the original ex-USSR (Soviet Union) research vessels that opened started privately chartered polar cruises in the early 1990s. Its sister-ship MV Polar Pioneer is also part of the chartered fleet of Aurora Expeditions (Australian company specializing in Arctic and Antarctic cruises).

MV Spirit of Enderby cruise ship (Professor Khromov)

The vessel is polar (1A ice class) rated, purpose-built and small as far as modern expedition cruise ships are concerned, It is configured for 48 passengers in 6 cabin categories. The charm of this ship is not in luxury appointments, but rather in its utilitarian construction and the Russian crew who operates it with an efficient discipline.

The ship focuses on enrichment and exceptional itineraries. Most excursions are organized via the ship's own fleet of Zodiacs - rigid inflatable boats powered by 4-stroke outboard motors that give good speed and manoeuvrability. The Spirit of Enderby ship spends plenty of time in the open ocean. Her 'sea keeping' is quite good for a small ship with active ballast stabiliser system for the worst conditions.

MV Spirit of Enderby cruise ship (Professor Khromov)

Spirit of Enderby is one of all ten Akademik Shuleykin-class (Project 637) Russian ships built in the mid-1980s in Turku Finland (at Laivateollisuus shipyard) for the Soviet Union's oceanographic research purposes. Around half of these vessels ended up as chartered for polar cruise tours. The ship is powered by 2x 6ChRN 36/45 marine diesel engines (combined power output 2300 kW) and has single-shaft propulsion with 1 controllable-pitch propeller.

MV Spirit of Enderby cruise ship (Professor Khromov)


The staterooms choices range from all 3 Suites (1x Heritage plus 2x Mini Suites, all located on Upper Deck 5) to 8x Superior Plus cabins (on decks 4-Middle and 5-Upper) and 4x Superior cabins (on Middle Deck 4). All these staterooms are with private en-suite bathrooms (toilet, shower, washbasin). The remaining 14 cabins are with shared bathrooms (Main Deck 3's public bathrooms).

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As shipboard facilities, the vessel offers outdoor viewing platforms and open-air deck spaces, hospital (infirmary facility), combined bar lounge and library (deck 4), Lecture Theatre, laundry room and sauna room (all on deck 2), fore-located Dining Room restaurant (deck 3).

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The shipbuilder Laivateollisuus Oy was a Finnish shipbuilding yard in Turku (operated between 1944-1988). In 1983 the company was acquired by Valmet Marine, which in 1987 became part of Wartsila just to be closed down in 1988. The Laivateollisuus company built various types of marine vessels, including schooners (a total of ninety 3-masted wooden schooners). In its peak, the shipbuilding yard was Turku's 3rd largest (following Valmet and Crichton-Vulcan) with around 750 employees.

The record of MS The World cruise ship of furthest south (reaching 78° 43”. 997S in Bay of Whales) was broken on February 26, 2017. The expedition ship Spirit of Enderby pushed through over 30 ml (48 km) of ice to beat the record by reaching 78° 44”.008S. During this epic voyage, the cruise ship was under the command of Captain Dmitry Zinchenko. He is among the world's most experienced Ross Sea navigators, having made over 40 expeditions to the region since the 1980s. The vessel was chartered by the Christchurch NZ-based company Heritage Expeditions.

Ship's last drydock refurbishment was in April-May 2019 (done by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding in Balamban, Cebu Philippines). The vessel received mainly regular maintenance works (including hull cleaning and silicon paint coating) before the charter for Heritage Expeditions (New Zealand-based travel company) for Russian season 2019 summer out of homeport Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Other renovations during refurb 2019 included new wallpapers and skirting (in all staterooms and hallways), new laminate aluminium plates (fixed to corridor walls' lower half), new flooring (in all bathrooms), new light fittings (throughout), installing shipwide Wi-Fi Internet access. In 2018, refits were carried out on ship's lecture theatre, dining room restaurant, bar, lounge, library.

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