Chilean Navy orders Antarctic research vessel

The Chilean Navy has ordered the construction of a Polar-class 5 research vessel from ASMAR Talcahuano Shipyard.

Design of the vessel was done in collaboration with VARD Canada. The vessel will be capable of speeds up to 15 knots.

Damen will supply steering gear, rudders and stern tube parts for the Antarctic research vessel.

Once built, the 111-metre vessel will undertake roles that include logistic support, search and rescue and scientific research, south from the Antarctic Polar Circle. The operation period shall be at least eight months per year in the vicinity of Alejandro I Island.

The vessel will be capable of operating in icy waters, navigating continuously at a constant speed of 3 knots over a 500kPa flexural strength ice of 1 metre thickness and covered with a 20-centimetre layer of snow.

The vessel is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage to Antarctic Polar Circle in 2023.