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Vessels as research platforms
"Adolf Jensen"
"Kisaq"
"Kissavik"
"Paamiut"
"Porsild"
"Signe Vest"
"Viking"
Royal Danish Navy
Icebreakers
Other options

To learn more about opportunities onboard icebreakers, please contact:


Danish Polar Center
Strandgade 100 H
DK-1401 Copenhagen K
Denmark

+45 32880120
+45 3288 0101

Icebreakers as research platforms

For work in Arctic and Antarctic marine areas icebreakers are indispensable. Neither Denmark nor Greenland have icebreakers of sufficient classification in these waters, so researchers from these countries will depend on the research opportunities that become available onboard other nations' icebreakers.

    

DPC will be glad to assist you in the planning or booking process should you need accommodation and working space onboard an icebreaking research vessel. However, a prerequisite for participation in a "cruise" with any of the available icebreakers will be that you are part of a research project that fit into the framework of the particular cruise or regions to be visited. Furthermore, the funding of your project must be secured and handled by you or the principal investigator of the particular project.

Therefore, use the links below to get yourself acquainted with the research opportunities offered by the various vessels and note any announcement of international participation or call for project proposals. Please note, that the icebreakers operate with long-term planning and cruise schedules, so you may have to plan for a project 2-4 years ahead of actual launching. However, the actual cruise plans are continuously revised, and the plans rarely made public until about a year prior to departure (consult links below) which may be too late for applying for berths and funding. Therefore, researchers often need to make personal contacts to get access to tentative cruise and research plans. Please consult the addresses below or make inquiries via Danish Polar Center (, phone +45 32880120 ).

It is important to realize that the U.S., German, British and Norwegian vessels listed below have science support as their primary all-year task. The listed icebreakers from Canada and Sweden have, however, icebreaking around ports and for marine traffic in national waters as their main tasks with science support in international waters as a secondary priority. The latter icebreakers are, therefore, available for science cruises during November-May only in special cases.

United States
Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee
 

POLAR SEA

Contact:
Use of POLAR SEA is scheduled through the University-National Oceanographic System (UNOLS)

POLAR STAR

Contact:
Use of POLAR STAR is scheduled through the University-National Oceanographic System (UNOLS)

HEALY

Healy Science Planning Guide

Contact:
Use of the HEALY is scheduled through the University-National Oceanographic System (UNOLS)

Germany
Alfred Wegener Instute for Polar and Marine Research

POLARSTERN

 

 

Personal questionnaire for cruise participants

Contact:
Alfred Wegener Instute for Polar and Marine Research
P.O. Box 12 0161
D-27515 Bremerhaven
Germany
+49 471 4831 0
+ 49 471 4831 1149


United Kingdom
British Antarctic Survey
 

ERNEST SHACKLETON

 

Contact:
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0ET
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616
JAMES CLARK ROSS

Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
 

LOUIS S. ST-LAURENT

Contact:
Manager, Icebreaking Program
Canadian Coast Guard
200 Kent St., 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
KIA OE6
+1 613 990 5541
or
+1 800 920 7767

TERRY FOX


Chart of service areas in Canada

POLAR PRINCE

 

Contact:

Star Line Inc.
Clarenville
Newfoundland & Labrador

Sweden
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
 
ODEN
Contact:
The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
P.O. Box. 50 003
SE-104 05 Stockholm
Sweden
+46 8 673 96 00
+46 8 15 20 57

Norway
Norwegian Polar Institute
 

LANCE

Technically not an icebreaker, but capable of navigating in ice-filled waters

 

Contact:
Norwegian Polar Institute
Polar Environmental Centre
N-9296 Tromsø
Norway
+ 47 77 75 05 00
+ 47 77 75 05 01

POLARSYSSEL

Available annually:
May 15 - through January

Ice classification: DNV 1A1
Overall length: 50 m
Summer draft: 4.8 m
Gross tonnage: 499 brt
Equipped for helicopter up to the size of a Bell 212


Contact:
Norsk Polarbefraktning
Nygaardsgate 3
P.O. Box 301
N-1601 Fredrikstad
Norway
+47 69 31 41 01
+47 69 31 91 40