Frankfurt (icebreaker)

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Name: Frankfurt
Operator: Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Eberswalde
Builder: Hitzler Werft, Lauenburg, Germany
Yard number: 821
Launched: 2002
Homeport: Eberswalde
Identification: ENI number 05039960
General characteristics [1]
Type: River icebreaker
Length: 33.25 m (109 ft 1 in)
Beam: 8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)
Draught: 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Depth: 2.50 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • Diesel-electric
  • 2 × MAN D 2842 LE 301 532 kW (713 hp) diesel generators
  • 1 × GC 45.24 M 700 kW (939 hp) electric motor
  • 1 × 20 hp (15 kW) auxiliary diesel engine
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 18 km/h (11 mph)
Crew: 4 or 5

Frankfurt is a prototype river icebreaker constructed by Hitzler Werft for icebreaking duties on the Elbe River, Oder River, and canals in Germany, operated by the Wasser und Schifffahrtsamt Eberswalde.[2] She was built in 2002. Three further vessels, built to a similar design, were ordered by the Wasser und Schifffahrtsamt in 2009.

As the lead ship of her class, models of the Frankfurt underwent testing in a large ice-tank laboratory.[2] She cost 4.2 million euros.

Her design features a pair of diesel generators that power electric motors that actually drive the propeller.[3] The use of a diesel-electric system provides a "good torque curve", and eliminates the need for a bulky gearbox. The electric motor can consume up to 700 kilowatts (940 hp) She has a third "harbor diesel" of 15 kilowatts (20 hp).


  1. ^ "Hitzler Werft :Special ships". 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Neubau des starken flachgehenden Eisbrechers 'FRANKFURT' für die Oder" [Construction of large flat-bottomed ice-breaker 'Frankfurt' for the Oder] (PDF). Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Eberswalde. 2002-05-25. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Ice Breaker "Frankfurt" for the river Oder" (PDF). SAM Electronics. 2004. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Eisbrecher Frankfurt" (in German). Wasser und Schifffahrtsamt Eberswalde (Waterways and Shipping Office Eberswalde, a sub-agency of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs). 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2012-06-16. Besatzung: Schiffsführer, Steuermann, Maschinist, Matrose. Bei Bedarf Dolmetscher. (Crew: Skipper, mate, engineer, sailor. Interpreters when needed.)