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About the Ship:

Originally built as the Marina Svetaeva in Gydnia, Poland in 1989, the Ortelius originally served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. It was later reflagged and renamed after the Dutch/Flemish cartographer, Abraham Ortelius, who published the first modern world atlas in 1570. As a vessel with the highest ice-class notation, Ortelius is capable of navigating in solid one-year sea ice as well as loose multi-year pack ice. It can accommodate up to 116-123 passengers and has an abundance of open-deck spaces. It is manned by 22 highly-experienced nautical crew members, 19 hotel staff, eight expedition specialties (one expedition leader, one assistant, and six lecturer-guides), and one doctor. The ship offers all the comforts of a standard hotel, along with a bar and lecture room. It carries 10 Zodiacs and maximizes wildlife exploration with as much time ashore as possible.


Ship Info:

Passengers: 116-123 in 53 cabins
Staff & crew: 52
Length: 90.95 meters
Breadth: 17.20 meters
Draft: 5.4 meters
Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
Displacement: 4090 tonnes
Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
Speed: 10.5 knots average cruising speed

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