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CLIPPER ADVENTURER

Foto Daniel Kuntschik

Capitulo publicado con las imagenes y datos de Daniel Kuntschik - Ushuaia

 Ex Alla Tarasova  Bandera Bahamas

Alla Tarasova

Buques gemelos: Lyubov Orlova (tambien antartico) Marina Yermalova, Klaydiya Yelanskaya, Mariya Savina, Olga Androvskaya y Olga Sadovskaya ( todos nombres de actrices de la URSS)

Construído en Astilleros Brodograliliste, Titovo  en Kraljevika ex Yugoselavia  (hoy Croacia) en 1975  para  la compañía Far Shipping Co de Murmansk l de la ex URSS. Armadores posteriores Transit Cancellation-Arkhangelsk 1989 y Incoming Cancellation –Kiev 1990.

Realizó su primer viaje antartico en 1995, en 1997 adquirido por la sociedad Clipper Cruise Line  con bandera de Bahamas  pasandose a llamar Clipper Adventurer, charteado  para los viajes antarticos y articos por Quark Expeditions de Toronto, Canadá

En 1998  fue reacondicionado  fuertemente  (entre otras modificaciones  se le colocaron timones axiales a las dos hélices, originalmente tenía 1 solo timón en crujía).

Sociedad Clasificadora: LRS

Clasificacion de hielos A1 .Equivalencia clasificación Baltica IA

IMO Nº 7391422             Señal de llamada C6PG6

TAT 4376    TAN 1465

Eslora 101,1 mts    Manga: 16,3 mts   Calado de verano  4,65 mts    Velocidad crucero 12 Kts  max 16 Kts

Pasajeros: 122  (en la época sovietica 262 pax)    Tripulacion + Staff: 79

Propulsion: dos motores Burmeister & Wain de 3939 HP a dos ejes y dos helices de paso variable. Bow Thruster de 500 HP 

En Febrero del 2000   quedó atrapado un campo de hielo marino en proximidades de Bahía Margarita, Pla Antartica, siendo  asistido por el Rompehielos Alte Irizar.

Rescatado por el Alm. Irizar

En noviembre del 2002 sufrió una varadura en las Is. Shetlands del Sur con daños menores, siendo asistido por un buque Chileno, posteriormente  en el río Essequibo Guyana , varó  en un banco de arena  quedando en esa situación unos 10 dias, hasta que fue rescatado con ayuda de remolcadores.

En el verano boreal del 2009 realizó 2 viajes charter por el pasaje noroeste del artico canadiense. En Agosto del 2010 varó en una roca no cartografiada en  otro intento de cruce de este pasaje. En el verano Boreal suele operar en  Spitsbergen, en Nunavik y Nunavuk, regiónes del Artico Canadiense.

Varado en roca del artico Canadiense

En Diciembre de 2011 rompió el controlador del paso variable de la hélice obligándolo a trasladarse a Punta Arenas, Chile y suspender  3 viajes

( De G Captain 11/09/2013) In 2009, gCaptain’s sister site, UnofficialNetworks.com, took a long distance ski adventure to Antartica aboard the ice capable expedition ship. The trip was a huge success for the Unofficial Team and became the first leg on a 7 continent adventure which is currently being produced as a follow-up to the company’s first full length movie G.N.A.R. A successful trip by all accounts, but also a lucky one for the ship they boarded, M/V Clipper Adventurer, which had a few problems that where not advertised on the brochure.

Problems began for the ship just months after the Antarctic trip when, during a summer cruise through the Northwest Passage, she grounded hard on what was reported to be an uncharted rock. No injuries where reported during the incident but the ship’s passengers and reputation suffered during the two days it took the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen to arrive on scene.

But who was at fault? According to the ship’s operator, Adventurer Owner Inc, the blame rests squarely on the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans who had known of the rock since September 2007, but failed to update charts of the region. For this reason the company made the unusual decision to sue the Canadian government for $14.9 million.

A later investigation by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) confirmed the fact that the ship’s Canadian Hydrographic Service chart was in fact missing the hazard. According to the official report this failure “depriv(ed) the bridge team of one source of critical information regarding the existence of a shoal on their planned route.”

So can a company sue the government for failing to update a chart? Maybe, but the TSB report also shed light on a few other pieces of information including the fact that the ship’s bridge team was running the vessel at full speed (13.9 knots) on a course which crossed close to an island and they updated the chart with the vessels position at intervals of just one every hour. The ship’s forward looking sonar was also non-operational and for the most critical segments of the voyage they navigated from on single line of positioning taken from just one of the vessel’s radars.

And here is the most critical fact: The rock was uncharted because the ship’s officers failed to update the chart. As the report states “The shoal had been previously identified and reported in a Notice to Shipping, however, the bridge team was unaware of and did not actively access local Notice to Shipping”.

As a result of these failures of bridge team management and the company’s safety management system, the Canadian Coast Guard filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking almost half a million dollars in damages from the MV Clipper Adventurer and its owners. According to the CBC, the lawsuit says the damages are to prevent, repair or minimize pollution from the ship’s grounding. It also states that the rock shelf was a known hazard to mariners since September 2007 and that 13 tanks aboard were breached during the incident and subsequent two week long salvage.

According to one travel website the ship is back in service and is expected to depart on it’s next trip to Antartica in November. No information has been released on whether the ship will return to Canadian waters this summer.

 

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