Advertisement

ICE PATROL: To survey and protect

The Royal Navy has a new interim Antarctic patrol vessel. The leased icebreaker was commissioned HMS Protector on 23 June, a date that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the implementation of the Antarctic Treaty. The ship had arrived in Portsmouth, still under the Norwegian flag, a month earlier following a rapid refit in Denmark during which the bridge roof-mounted helicopter pad was relocated over the stern and the main engines and gearboxes overhauled. A multi-beam echo sounder survey system was also fitted along with naval insignia.

HMS Protector was later equipped with a new survey motor boat and two Pacific 22 RIBs for her maiden deployment. The RIBs are to be replaced by a landing craft for ferrying stores and equipment ashore. The planned resupply of British Antarctic Survey scientific stations using all-terrain vehicles, along with the lack of an aircraft hangar, suggests the ship will not carry any helicopters.RN ships named Protector have a historic connection with the UK’s Antarctic commitment. The sixth ship to bear the name completed 13 Antarctic deployments between 1955 and 1968. The last, the former Seaforth Saga, served as a Falklands patrol vessel.

Ships Montly - January 2024

Mein Schiff 7 named in Kiel

Mein Schiff 7 was delivered by Meyer Turku to TUI Cruises on 10 June 2024 and was christened on 22 June in Kiel by...
Advertisement

Related articles

Mein Schiff 7 named in Kiel

Mein Schiff 7 was delivered by Meyer Turku to TUI Cruises on 10 June 2024 and was christened...

Damen signs contract with Portland Harbour Authority for new tugs

On 11 June 2024 Frederik van der Linde from Damen Shipyards Group and Mike Shipley from the UK’s...

Damen’s new offshore charging solutionfor fully electric CTVs

Damen Shipyards Group has developed a new concept for offshore charging, offering a way to dramatically reduce emissions...

Berg secures Louis Dreyfus Armateurs propulsion package for wind-assisted Airbus ro-ro vessels

At Shanghai on 12 June 2024 BERG Propulsion announced that it had won a contract covering the hybrid...