Beijing: Aker Arctic announced on Tuesday that it has been selected by China State Oceanic Administration (SOA), Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA) and the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) to perform the conceptual and basic design of a new advanced icebreaking research vessel for China. The value of the signed contract exceeds EUR5m. The ship will be China’s first vessel designed specifically for Arctic expeditions.
The polar research icebreaker for China will be designed to accommodate a total of 90 persons and will have a length over all of about 120 m, a maximum breadth of 22.3 m and draught of 8.5 m. The vessel will have the ability to break through 1.5 m of level ice at 2 to 3 knots speed. The vessel will have dual classification from China Classification Society (CCS) and Lloyds Register. [01/08/12]