MV Ortelius

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Marina Svetaeva in Antarctica, December 2010
Marina Svetaeva in Antarctica, December 2010
Name: Marina Svetaeva
Namesake: Marina Tsvetaeva
Owner: Russian Academy of Sciences
Port of registry: Kholmsk, Russia
Builder: Stocznia Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland
Launched: 1989
Fate: Sold, 2011
Name: Ortelius
Namesake: Abraham Ortelius
Owner: Oceanwide Expeditions, Vlissingen, Netherlands
Port of registry: Limassol, Cyprus
Acquired: 2011
Status: In service
General characteristics [3]
Type: Cruise ship
  • 91.25 m (299 ft 5 in) o/a
  • 78.45 m (257 ft 5 in) p/p
Beam: 17.61 m (57 ft 9 in)
Draught: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Ice class: 1A
Installed power: Sulzer 6ZL40/48
Speed: 14.3 knots (26.5 km/h; 16.5 mph)
Capacity: 100 passengers
Crew: 41
Aircraft carried: 2 × Squirrel 350 or Bell 206 LongRanger helicopters
Aviation facilities: Helipad and hangar (added 2007)

MV Ortelius is an ice-strengthened cruise ship designed for polar exploration. She was built in Gdynia, Poland, in 1989 as Marina Svetaeva, as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Sciences.[4]

She operated in the Russian Far East as a passenger and supply vessel, and as an accommodation and supply ship to oil fields in the northern Pacific Ocean. From December 2007 she was chartered by Aurora Expeditions of Sydney, Australia, as a cruise ship in the Arctic and Antarctic seas.

She was acquired in 2011 by the Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions based in Vlissingen, Netherlands. She was renamed Ortelius and registered in Cyprus.[5]

On 16 January 2014 Ortelius should have sailed for a 10-day Antarctic peninsula voyage. All passengers were aboard, but the anchor system failed and the boat never left port. This technical problem was solved shortly thereafter and Ortelius continued her Antarctic season with passengers. A highlight of Ortelius' Antarctic season was a successful expedition to Snow Hill Island where passengers were transported by helicopter to a colony of emperor penguins and their chicks.


  1. ^ "Ortelius - Vessel's Details and Position". 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Marina Tsvetayeva". 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "An Introduction to the MV Marina Svetaeva" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Antarctic & Arctic Cruises on M/V Ortelius". 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "M/V Ortelius". 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

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