Naval architecture and marine engineering company Vard Marine has secured a contract worth approximately €4m from ASMAR Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Company to design an Antarctic icebreaking vessel for the Chilean Navy.
Under the contract, the company will develop the basic design for the ice-breaking vessel, which will be constructed at the ASMAR shipyard in Talcahuano, Chile.
Expected to be delivered in 2021 and to operate throughout the Southern Ocean, the vessel will be deployed for a range of services including logistic support, search-and-rescue missions, scientific research, and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory.
The 125m-long and 22m-wide icebreaker will have a displacement of more than 13,000t and will be able to accommodate a total complement of 155.
It will have an installed power of 14.5MW to enable breaking of ice at a speed of 2k/m of ice.
The vessel will have the capacity to carry a range of containerised and vehicle cargo, helicopters and rescue boats for logistics / SAR missions.
Additionally, the icebreaker will have the ability to undertake a broad range of scientific data gathering activities.
Earlier this month Vard delivered an LNG carrier, which is said to be the first delivery from the group's newest shipyard Vard Promar in Brazil.
In December, Vulcanair Aircraft selected UTC Aerospace Systems' TASE500 imaging systems for installation on Chilean Navy's twin-engine P68 Observer 2 maritime observation and patrol aircraft.
Image: An artist's impression of the Antarctic icebreaker. Photo: courtesy of VARD.