MV Ortelius

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Name: Marina Svetaeva
Namesake: Marina Svetaeva
Owner: LLC RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz
Port of registry: Korsakov, Russia
Builder: Stocznia Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland
Launched: 1989
Fate: Sold, 1999
Name: Marina Svetaeva
Namesake: Marina Svetaeva
Owner: Marine Company Sakhalin-Kurils LLC
Port of registry: Kholmsk, Russia
Acquired: 1999
Fate: Sold, 2011
Name: Ortelius
Namesake: Abraham Ortelius
Owner: Oceanwide Expeditions, Vlissingen, Netherlands
Port of registry: Vlissingen, Netherlands
Acquired: 2011
Status: In service
General characteristics [5]
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)
Marina Svetaeva (Dec 2010)

MV Ortelius is an ice-strengthened vessel currently employed for expedition-style polar cruises by owner and operator Oceanwide Expeditions. She was originally named Marina Svetaeva and was built in Gdynia, Poland, in 1989 as a special-purpose vessel for the LLC RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz.

The ship operated in the Russian Far East for the Marine Company Sakhalin-Kurils LLC, as a passenger and supply vessel, then as an accommodation and supply ship to oil fields in the northern Pacific Ocean. In December 2007, she was chartered by Aurora Expeditions of Sydney, Australia, as a cruise ship in the Arctic and Antarctic seas.

Marina Svetaeva 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 was scheduled to sail 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 soon solved, however, and Ortelius continued her Antarctic season as planned. A highlight of that particular 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. ^ "Ortelius - Vessel's Details and Position". 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Marina Tsvetayeva". 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  5. ^ "An Introduction to the MV Marina Svetaeva" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2012.

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