|Port of registry:||Montreal, Canada|
|Builder:||Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada|
|Completed:||1 June 1978|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7517507
Call sign: VCLM
MMSI number: 316056000
|General characteristics (1978)|
|Length:||LOA 209.6 m (687.7 ft)
LPP 196.6 m (645.0 ft)
|Draught:||10.9 m (35.8 ft)|
|Ice class:||CAC 2|
|Speed:||3–4 knots in 0.6 m (2.0 ft) ice|
|General characteristics (1986)|
28,418 DWT (summer)
27,384 DWT (winter)
|Length:||LOA 220.83 m (724.5 ft)
LPP 206.0 m (675.9 ft)
|Beam:||22.92 m (75.2 ft)|
|Draught:||11.52 m (37.8 ft) (summer)
10.67 m (35.0 ft) (winter)
|Depth:||15.2 m (49.9 ft)|
|Ice class:||1A Super
Canada ASPPR Arctic Class 3
CAC 4 equivalent
|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
34,522 m3 (grain)
24,309 m3 (oil at 96 %)
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 unescorted. The 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.
The 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.
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- "Arctic (7517507)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. http://www.equasis.org/EquasisWeb/restricted/ShipList?fs=ShipSearch&P_PAGE=1&P_IMO=7517507. Retrieved 2011-11-21.(registration required)
- Kitagawa, H. et al. Northern Sea Route. Shortest Sea Route Linking East Asia and Europe. Ship & Ocean Foundation, 2001. ISBN 4-88404-027-9.
- 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.
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