Sep 10, 2008

Lyttelton Base for New Icebreaker?

To be launched this month from the Pusan yard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction is the 6.950 ton diesel-electric research ice breaker Araon, which will be delivered to the Korea Polar Research Institute in September 2009.

With a 70 day endurance and a crew of 85, 60 of whom will be scientists, the ship will be capable of breaking 1 metre of ice at a speed of three knots.

Further reading: Korea eyes Chch base, The Press, 10 September, 2008

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