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MV Arctic P (Ex Arctic (salvage tug)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6926024 - 1006207

MV Arctic P

Ex Arctic Research, Arctic

© Malcolm Cranfield

© Malcolm Cranfield (Avonmouth, 01/12/1973)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1969 by F. Schichau GmbH. Bremerhaven (Yard No 1746) and completed by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven (Yard No 353) as a Tug/Salvage Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 87.23 m (overall) 78.01 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 14.79 m
  • Depth: 7.30 m
  • Draught: 6.31 m (max)
  • Tonnage: 2047 – 2294 – 2640 gross/138 – 688net/1416t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 16 cylinder KH Deutz RBV16M640 diesel/2 x 4TEW V12 -cylinder Deutz SBV12M640) diesel.
  • Power: 10768 kW/14640 bHP – 14720 kW/20000 bHP (Nozzles added)/9420 kW/12806 bHP
  • Bollard Pull: 152.5 – 160 – 179/189t
  • Deck Equipment: 1 x Crane – SWL 3.0 t
  • Speed: 22 – 17 knots
  • Call Sign: DIAO, C6MA9
  • MMSI Number: 308753000
  • IMO Number: 6926024 – 1006207
  • Official Number (LR 1993 – 94): 11305
  • Port of Registry: Hamburg/Federal Republic of Germany 🇩🇪, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸
  • Near Sister-Ship: Oceanic (1744), Baltic (1745)

Current AIS Location

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December 30th 1969: Completed as ARCTIC for Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungsgesellschaft, Hamburg – Germany

When delivered in 1969, she and her sister ship OCEANIC were the most powerful tugboats in the world

1975: Fixed nozzles fitted by “Schichau Unterweser AG” at Bremerhaven. Engine power increased: 14.640 bhp.

© Carlo Martinell

© Carlo Martinelli (Casablanca Road, 18/08/1985) (Right)

June 1985: Converted and re-engined at Schichau

© Alex Wood © Fotoflite Image Ref 36768

© Alex Wood (Courtesy of Chris Howell)(Left) 🆕 Fotoflite (Right)

1990: Laid up at Bremerhaven.

1993: Sold to become the pirate radio station ARCTIC RESEARCH for Magenta Investments, Nassau Bahamas

1993: Converted to yacht at Malta Drydocks, 2.640 grt.

January 1994: ARCTIC P for Kerry Packer, Auckland (NZ).

2005: ARCTIC P for James Packer

© Tony Martin © Tony Martin

© Tony Martin (French Polynesia, 14/04/2016)

September 11th 2017: Manager: Rekcap Pty Ltd.

© Emmanual L 

© Emmanual L  (Valletta, 29/08/2019)

© Emmanual L

© Emmanual L  (Valletta, 13/02/2020)

June 1st 2023: Manager: Jansen Maritime Services Ltd, Brighton . U.K..

October 19th 2023: ISM Manager: Watermark Yacht Management, Monte Carlo.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Malcolm Cranfield, Fotoflite, Chris Howell, Emmanuel L, Tony Martin and Carlo Martinelli for their assistance in producing this feature

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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