HMS Protector (A173)

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HMS Protector
To World's End - Royal Navy completes historic patrol MOD 45159749.jpg
Ship data
flag Royal NavyUnited Kingdom (Naval War Flag) Royal Navy
other ship names


Ship type Icebreaker
Callsign GXRK
Owner UK Ministry of Defense, Commercially Supported Ships
Shipping company Andrew Weir Shipping , London
Shipyard Havyard Leirvik, Leirvik
Western Shiprepair Yard, Klaipėda
Build number 076
Keel laying September 30, 2000
Launch July 21, 2001
Ship dimensions and crew
89.0 m ( Lüa )
80.4 m ( Lpp )
width 18.0 m
Side height 9.04 m
Draft Max. 8.35 m
measurement 4,985 GT / 1,496 NRZ
Machine system
machine 2 × diesel engine
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
7,070 kW (9,613 hp)
15 kn (28 km / h)
2 × diesel generator
powerTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
1,270 kW (1,727 hp)
propeller 1 × controllable pitch propeller
Transport capacities
Load capacity 3,700 dw
Container 90 TEU
Tank capacity 256 m³
Volume 3,300 m³
Classifications DNV GL
IMO no. 9233997
Ship identification A 173

The HMS Protector is an icebreaker of the Royal Navy .

The ship serves as part of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to supply the research stations in Antarctica as well as the Falkland Islands , South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands as British overseas territories . The ship is also used for research trips.

Since 2014, the ship is Andrew Weir Shipping bereedert . The ship is based at the Naval Base Devonport .


The ship was built by Havyard Leirvik under hull number 076. The hull was delivered from Western Shiprepair Yard. The keel of the ship was laid on September 30, 2000 and the launch on July 21, 2001. The ship was completed on October 22, 2001. The ship was designed by Multi Maritime in Førde and GC Rieber Shipping in Bergen .

The ship was put into service as Polarbjørn (Norwegian for polar bear ) and used by GC Rieber Shipping for expeditions to the Antarctic and various offshore work.

In 2011, the ship was initially chartered to the UK Ministry of Defense for three years as a replacement for the HMS Endurance , which could no longer be used after a flood in 2008 . The ship was rebuilt for use. The helicopter deck , which was located above the bridge deck, was relocated to the stern and a multi-fan echo sounder was installed. In 2013 the UK Ministry of Defense bought the ship.

The hitherto southernmost point reached the ship in March 2014 in the Marguerite Bay after it previously on which the Antarctic Peninsula offshore Adelaide Island lying Rothera station had provided.

In November 2017, at the request of the Argentine government, the ship took part in the search for the lost submarine San Juan (S 42) . In September 2019, the HMS Protector , which was on its way to the Bahamas as part of relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian , sighted the Alta floating on the Atlantic . The ship had been abandoned about a year earlier after an engine failure. In February 2020, it was pushed onto the rocky coast as a ghost ship by Storm Dennis in southern Ireland .

Technical data and equipment

The drive of the vessel by two diesel engines manufacturer Rolls-Royce Marine (Type BR-8) each having 3,535  kW power , via a reduction gear to a variable pitch propeller act.

The ship is equipped with two transverse thrust control systems in the bow area with 800 or 600 kW power, two transverse thrust control systems in the stern area with 1125 and 990 kW power and an extendable propeller pod with 1500 kW power in the bow area. The ship has a dynamic positioning system .

There are two generators for power generation, which are driven by two diesel engines from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (type: S6R), each with an output of 635 kW. An emergency generator was also installed, which is driven by a Mitsubishi diesel engine (type: 6D24T) with an output of 189 kW.

The deckhouse is in the forward area of ​​the ship. There is space for 100 people on board. There is a crow's nest above the superstructure . Behind the deckhouse is an open working deck. The area is 780 m². The ship has three holds with a total volume of 3,300 m³. The floor area of ​​the rooms is 710 m². It is also equipped with tanks in which fuel can be carried, which is required for on-board operation and for supplying the research stations. The ship is equipped with two working cranes with lifting capacities of 60 and 12.5 t respectively, as well as a stern boom that can lift 25 t.

Several dinghies are also carried , including the James Caird IV survey boat , the Terra Nova barge and two inflatable boats . The equipment also includes three off-road vehicles , several quads and trailers for expeditions on the Antarctic ice shelf .

Web links

Commons : HMS Protector (A173)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b HMS Protector to Undergo Maintenance , Naval Today, July 23, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  2. a b c Joe Nimmo: HMS Protector is welcomed into the fleet , The News, June 24, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  3. AWS to offer support and maintenance services to HMS Protector , Naval Technology, July 23, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  4. HMS Protector - A173 , Multi Maritime AS. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  5. a b GC Rieber Shipping Sells HMS Protector , World Maritime News, September 27, 2013. Accessed January 10, 2018.
  6. ^ UK Ministry of Defense Charters Polarbjorn Vessel from GC Rieber Shipping , Offshore Energy Today, March 29, 2011. Accessed January 10, 2018.
  7. HMS Protector Ready ( Memento of February 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), Think Defense.
  8. Icebreaker 'Protector' Reaches Furthest Point South , World Maritime News, March 31, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  9. HMS Protector to assist in search for missing Argentine submarine. Royal Navy, November 18, 2017, accessed November 19, 2017 .
  10. ^ Hurricane Dorian: Rescue efforts stepped up as storm survivors flee. BBC News, September 7, 2019, accessed February 19, 2020 .
  11. a b c d M / V Polarbjørn , data sheet, Multi Maritime (PDF file, 2.6 MB). Retrieved January 10, 2018.