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56m Multipurpose Vessel / Icebreaker

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Description:56m Multipurpose Vessel
Date Launched:Germany 1967; Modernised/rebuilt 1982
Length:55.34m (181ft 6in)
Beam:13.40m (43ft 11in)
Draft:5.00m (16ft 4in)
Broker:Peter Cookson
Price:Guidance given to named company

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Former Special purpose vessel of German maritime authorities for employment or conversion as research vessel, support vessel for offshore wind farms, diver basic vessel, as guard vessel or as explorer-yacht.


Original Mission

The ship was built 1986 at the Norderwerft in Hamburg. The original mission was to degauss other vessels afloat to secure them against possible magnet mines in the Baltic Sea. During wintertime she also should work as icebreaker.


Effective Operation

As degaussing vessel, she never was used. After few years the whole mobile equipment was handed over to the German Navy. From then she operated simply as icebreaker and as there were very few winters seeing ice German coast she generally was mobilized only between December and march and operated until now no more than 11,000 hours.


Research Project Thyssen Waas Bow

Since the ship was rarely employed in 1982 she was made available to a research project on behalf of the German Ministry for Research. Parties involved were HSVA (research Center for ship design), Thyssen Krupp, Jastram, German Ministry for Traffic and others. Under the direction of Dipl.Ing. Waas a special bow was designed to test new methods of icebreaking. This new bow was added to the old bow without modifying the latter to guarantee a simple way of rebuilding.


General Overhaul after Fire

Also this operation was only of short duration. After first trials the ship catched fire starting in the engine room and was towed back to the shipyard. Repairs took about one year. Every system was undertaking a general overhaul by the original manufacturer or was substituted by new products. Furthermore, the bridge and some parts of the accommodation were renewed. Since that time the main engines operated not more than 1,500 running hours.


The Vessels Potential concerning new Operations or Conversions

The ship comes with 15 in parts large cabins for about 28 crew or guests, 2 mess rooms, adequate showers and toilets, a large bridge, free space on deck and a 3t/10m crane.


Her cort nozzle gives her a bollard pull of 38t. She is seaworthy for high sea and with high iceless ready exhibitions. Her three quarter deck supplies a freeboard of abt. 3.20m and provides her with excellent stability supported by a draft of 4.75m an electric hydraulic bulkhead locking system on two decks generates high safety in addition.


Her speed is originally abt. 14.0kn – with Thyssen Waas Bow reduced to 12.0kn.


Due to her high ice class she is very solid constructed and her hull possesses major reserves. Last ultrasoundings in autumn 2013 showed plate thickness close to origin.


The Thyssen Waas Bow was added on top on the old bow. Latter I kept in origin state. Only very few small openings for cables and pipes were installed. It was planned from the first beginning to make the rebuilding easily possible.


Depending on the new operation it is to discuss to keep or to get rid of the bow. With Thyssen Waas Bow she has a much better performance than other vessels concerning rolling and is very useful while at anchor or standby idling (Accommodation and workshop vessel at sea, diver basic vessel etc.).  Another idea could be a helideck on top or use of the large bow leewards for docking of smaller vessels.


Latter would also be possible at the stern. The stern was constructed very strong in order to tow other vessels in direct contact through the ice.


In the large forecastle is situated one of the World’s largest out of balance devices designed to assist icebreaking. Dismantling creates a nearly empty bow and empty forecastle. Space enough for additional accommodation or cargo hold.


In the forecastle still exists the foundation and wiring of the dismantled front crane and can be used for new equipment.


The aft deck provides free space foe any kind of new operation. On portside assists a crane with 5t at 6m/3t at 10m.


All things considered the vessel is not the youngest but in good condition and waiting for new duties. Also a valuable base for various kinds of conversion projects.



Type: Degauss Vessel / Icebreaker

Date of Built: 1968 Hamburg, Norderwerft

Rebuilt: 1982 Emden, Thyssen Nordsee W.

IMO Number: 6705949

Call Sign: DBLZ

Classification: GL 100 A4 E3 Icebreaker / expired

Tonnage: GT: 940

Last Dry Docking November 2013

Dimensions: Length over all: 56,05m

NRT: 282

Length CWL: 53,27m

Beam: 13,24m

Max. Draft: 4,75m

Bunkers: F.O. Cap.: abt. 105.0 cbm

F.W. Cap. : abt. 18.0 cbm

Blackwater Cap.: abt. 18.0 cbm

Ballast water: abt. 70.0 cbm

FF-Foam Cap.: abt. 10.0 cbm

Propulsion: Diesel-Electric

Main engine: 3 x MTU / Maybach

Aux Engines/Gen.: 2 x KHD F6M716 a 110 KW

Speed: 14.0 kn / 12,0 kn with Thyssen Waas Bow

Propeller: FPP Diameter 3,25m in Cort Nozzle

Steering Gear AEG electro hydraulic system

Deck Equipment: 1 Crane aft 5t at 6m / 3t at 10m each 855 KW at RPM 1500

1 x KHD A4M514 a 31 KW

1 Windlasses foredeck / 2 Anchors

1 Windlass aft / 1 Anchor

1 Tow winch 38 t bollard pull

1 FiFi Pump 100m3/h + Foam/Water Gun

1 Out of Balance Device for Icebreaking

Accommodation: abt. 28 Men in 15 cabins

2 Mess rooms



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IMPORTANT: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct their agents, or their surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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