MV Arctic

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MV Arctic
Name: Arctic
Operator: Fednav Group
Port of registry: Montreal, Canada[1]
Builder: Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada[1]
Yard number: 63
Completed: 1 June 1978[1]
Identification: IMO number: 7517507
Call sign: VCLM[1]
MMSI number: 316056000[2]
Status: In service
General characteristics (1978)[3]
Type: Ore-bulk-oil carrier
Tonnage: 19,420 GT
28,094 DWT
Displacement: 39,057 tons
Length: LOA 220.82 m (724.5 ft)
LPP 196.6 m (645.0 ft)
Draught: 10.9 m (35.8 ft)
Ice class: CAC 2[4]
Speed: 3–4 knots in 0.6 m (2.0 ft) ice
General characteristics (1986)[1]
Type: Ore-bulk-oil carrier
Tonnage: 20,236 GT
10,849 NT
28,418 DWT (summer)
27,384 DWT (winter)[5]
Displacement: 39,427 tons[3]
Length: LOA 220.83 m (724.5 ft)
LPP 206.0 m (675.9 ft)[5]
Beam: 22.92 m (75.2 ft)
Draught: 11.52 m (37.8 ft) (summer)
10.67 m (35.0 ft) (winter)[5]
Depth: 15.2 m (49.9 ft)
Ice class: 1A Super
Canada ASPPR Arctic Class 3
CAC 4 equivalent[4]
Installed power: 10.9 MW
Propulsion: Ducted CPP, ⌀ 5.23 m (17.16 ft)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) in open water
2 knots (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) in 1.5 m (4.9 ft) ice[3]
Capacity: 7 holds
34,522 m3 (grain)
24,309 m3 (oil at 96 %)

MV Arctic is an icebreaking cargo ship built in 1978 at the Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The ship is owned and operated by the Fednav Group.

Designed to carry both oil and ore, the vessel is not only ice strengthened with a Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A Super, but has a CASPPR Class 3 or CAC 4 rating. This means it is powerful enough to navigate through many ice-covered waters without escort. Arctic previously serviced mines in the high Canadian Arctic such as Polaris and Nanisivik. Once those mines closed she was shifted to service the Raglan mine in northern Quebec and the Voisey's Bay mine in Labrador.

Arctic was extensively rebuilt by Port Weller Dry Dock during winter 1985–1986. The ship received a new icebreaker bow which improved its icebreaking capability and the ice strengthening in the sides and bottom was increased so that the ice class could be upgraded from CAC 2 to CAC 4.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Arctic (21216)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  2. ^ "Arctic (7517507)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2011-11-21.(registration required)
  3. ^ a b c Kitagawa, H. et al. Northern Sea Route. Shortest Sea Route Linking East Asia and Europe. Ship & Ocean Foundation, 2001. ISBN 4-88404-027-9.
  4. ^ a b c Baker, D. & Nishizaki, R. MV Arctic - New bow form and model testing. Transactions - Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 94, 1986. pp. 57-74.
  5. ^ a b c MV Arctic. FedNav. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.