Polar Pioneer

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M/V Polar Pioneer
The Polar Pioneer in Shetland
  • Akademik Shuleykin (1982–2001)
  • Polar Pioneer (2001–present)
OwnerPolar Alca Maritime AB
OperatorPolar Pioneer Management AS
Port of registry
BuilderOy Laivateollisuus Ab, Turku, Finland
Yard number342[1]
Completed7 July 1982
In service1982
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and typeAkademik Shuleykin class research vessel
Length71.06 m (233.1 ft)[1]
Beam12.82 m (42.1 ft)[1]
Draught4.5 m (15 ft)
Depth6.45 m (21.2 ft)
Installed power2 × 6CHRNP 36/45 (6ЧРН36/45) 2,294 kilowatts (3,076 hp)[1]
Propulsion1 controllable-pitch propeller
Speed26 km/h (16 mph; 14 kn)
Capacity54 passengers[1]
Polar Pioneer in the Errera Channel of Antarctica

Polar Pioneer is a Finnish-built expedition cruise ship managed by the Swedish shipowners Polar Alca Maritime AB.

The ship was built in Finland in 1982 as the Akademik Schuleykin (Russian: Академик Шулейкин), an ice-strengthened research ship, and for many years she plied the waters of the USSR's northern coast. In 2000 she was refurbished in St. Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers.[2]

Her sister ships are Akademik Shokalskiy, Arnold Veymer, Akademik Gamburtsev, Professor Molchanov, Professor Multanovskiy, Geolog Dmitriy Nalivkin, Professor Polshkov, Professor Khromov.

Polar Pioneer is chartered by Polar Pioneer Management AS.


  • Length 71.61 metres
  • Beam 12.8 metres
  • Draft 4.5 metres
  • Cruising Speed 10 knots
  • Displacement 2140 tons
  • Registry Cyprus
  • Classification society RINA
  • Equipment: Zodiacs, Kayaks, Diving (some trips), Ice Climbing (some trips), Camping (some trips).


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Russian Maritime Register". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Polar Pioneer". Aurora Expeditions Cruise Ships. 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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