Magadan (icebreaker)

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Name: Magadan
Namesake: Magadan
Operator: Fesco Transport Group
Port of registry: Vladivostok,  Russia
Builder: Wärtsilä Helsinki New Shipyard
Yard number: 437
Launched: 1982
Completed: 29 December 1982
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics [1][2]
Type: Icebreaker
Displacement: 6,210 tons
Length: 88.5 m (290 ft) (overall)
Beam: 20.92 m (68.6 ft)
Draught: 6.50 m (21.3 ft)
Depth: 10.5 m (34 ft)
Ice class: RMRS LL4
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 8R32 (4 × 2,390 kW)
Propulsion: Two shafts, 4-bladed controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)

Magadan is a Russian icebreaker.[3][4] She was completed in 1982[5] and is the smallest of Fesco Transport Group's fleet of five icebreakers.

Service history[edit]

  • 2011: Magadan was one of two vessels towing the oil rig Kolskaya when it capsized and sank in the Sea of Okhotsk.[6]
  • 2006: chartered by a joint expedition to survey Walrus abundance.[3][4]
  • 2003: participated in a training exercise with vessels of other nations.[7]
  • 2000: Magadan towed a Russian warship to be broken up in India.[8]
  • 1999: Magadan led a rescue effort (March 6) to escort vessels carrying supplies to isolated Kamchatka settlements that were dangerousely short of fuel.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Magadan (FESCO vessels / Ice-breakers)". 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Magadan (810245)". Register of ships. Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b "International Polar Year 2007-2008: News, Updates & Background". United States Geological Survey. 2007–2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Ice breaker MAGADAN research expedition in the Bering Sea is completed". Fesco Transport Group. April 3, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Fesco Vessels". Fesco Transport Group. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  6. ^ Russian industry rocked by Kolskaya rig tragedy, 23 December 2011
  7. ^ "The joint Russian-Japanese-Korean exercises start in the Sea of Japan". Pravda. August 25, 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Russian shipping lines see icebreakers as "impossible luxury"". ITAR-TASS news agency. November 8, 2000. Retrieved 2008-02-19. Magadan was towing a Russian warship to India to the breaker's yard. 
  9. ^ "Russian Far East: Ice-breaker to help supply Kamchatka District with fuel". ITAR-TASS news agency. March 6, 1999. Retrieved 2008-02-10. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, 6th March, ITAR-TASS correspondent Sergey Borovkov: The Magadan ice-breaker is the last hope of the inhabitants of Karaginskiy District in Koryak Autonomous Area. Only the ice-breaker is capable of making its way through the heavy ice and escort two ships, a tanker and a dry-cargo vessel, which are to deliver diesel fuel and coal for the District's freezing settlements at the port centre of Ossora. ITAR-TASS was told by the Koryak civil defence and...