VARD To Design Icebreaking Vessel For Chilean Navy

Antarctic Icebreaking Vessel
Photo: Antarctic Icebreaking Vessel / Credit: Vard Marine

Vard Marine will design an Antarctic icebreaking vessel for the Chilean Navy.

Operating throughout the Southern Ocean, the 125-meter long ship will provide services including logistic support, search and rescue missions, scientific research, and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

Vard Marine was awarded a €4 million contract by ASMAR Shipbuilding & Ship Repair to provide the basic design of an icebreaking vessel, which will carry helicopters and rescue boats for logistics/SAR missions as well as to perform a broad range of scientific data gathering activities.

With an installed power of 14.5 MW, the new vessel will be capable of breaking one meter of ice at two knots.

The ship, to be built at ASMAR shipyard in Talcahuano, Chile, will be delivered in 2021.

Vard Marine, a consulting naval architecture and marine engineering company, is a subsidiary of Vard Holdings.