B.I.C. Humboldt

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Humboldt in Lima
Humboldt in Lima
Name: Humboldt
Namesake: Alexander von Humboldt
Builder: SIMA Peru, Callao
Launched: 1978
Status: in active service
General characteristics [1]
Tonnage: 600 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Displacement: 1,731 long tons (1,759 t)
  • 75.2 m (246 ft 9 in) o/a
  • 66 m (216 ft 6 in) p/p
Beam: 12.6 m (41 ft 4 in)
Installed power: 2 × 3,088 kW (4,141 hp), and 1 × 1,088 kW (1,459 hp) generators
Propulsion: B&W Alpha diesel engine
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)

B.I.C. Humboldt is a Peruvian oceanographic research vessel, with polar capacity, built in 1978, by SIMA shipyard in Callao, Peru, in cooperation with the German Government. The ship has a capacity of 100 people, including crew and scientific staff. The vessel has visited Antarctica on several occasions to assist the Peruvian Antarctic Machu Picchu Base. In 1989 the BIC Humboldt was the subject of a strengthening of the hull and other modifications and improvements after she ran aground off King Georges Island in the Antarctic. [2]

This vessel was designed and built under the criteria of the Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE) by SIMA Peru Shipyards for scientific research. The BIC Humboldt has the most modern equipment and instruments for scientific technology. In 2010 the ship enters a shipyard to undergo maintenance process generally strengthened hull, engine replacement and modernization of all its systems, to meet the stringent international standards for polar research vessels.[3]

In 2012 the Scientific Research Vessel (BIC) Humboldt, return to activity, and in December, sets sail to Peru's scientific station in Antarctica. During the two-month mission will be carried out environmental studies, physics and biology. Unlike other years, in which scientific work is conducted on land, this time will be held on board. The BIC Humboldt, repowered with new equipment, will act as comprehensive research base. [4]


  1. ^ "Imarpe - BIC Humboldt - Carcacteristicas Técnicas" (in Spanish). www.imarpe.pe. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Imarpe - BIC Humboldt" (in Spanish). www.imarpe.pe. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. ^ "EL BIC Humboldt renovará sus motores el 2010 para seguir surcando la Antártida" (in Spanish). www.andina.com.pe. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  4. ^ Buque peruano Humboldt volverá a la Antártida después de cinco años | El Comercio Perú