Marina Svetaeva in Antarctica, December 2010
|Owner:||Russian Academy of Sciences|
|Port of registry:||Kholmsk, Russia|
|Builder:||Stocznia Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland|
|Owner:||Oceanwide Expeditions, Vlissingen, Netherlands|
|Port of registry:||Limassol, Cyprus|
|General characteristics |
|Beam:||17.61 m (57 ft 9 in)|
|Draught:||5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)|
|Installed power:||Sulzer 6ZL40/48|
|Speed:||14.3 knots (26.5 km/h; 16.5 mph)|
|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.
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.
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.
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