MV Arctic

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MV Arctic at Voisey's Bay, Labrador, Canada
OperatorFednav Group
Port of registryMontreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
BuilderPort Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada[1]
Yard number63
Completed1 June 1978[1]
In service1978–2021
FateBroken up[3]
General characteristics (1978)[4]
TypeOre-bulk-oil carrier
Displacement39,057 tons
  • LOA 220.82 m (724.5 ft)
  • LPP 196.6 m (645.0 ft)
Draught10.9 m (35.8 ft)
Ice classCAC 2[5]
Speed3–4 knots in 0.6 m (2.0 ft) ice
General characteristics (1986)[1]
TypeOre-bulk-oil carrier
  • 20,236 GT
  • 10,849 NT
  • 28,418 DWT (summer)
  • 27,384 DWT (winter)[6]
Displacement39,427 tons[4]
  • LOA 220.83 m (724.5 ft)
  • LPP 206.0 m (675.9 ft)[6]
Beam22.92 m (75.2 ft)
  • 11.52 m (37.8 ft) (summer)
  • 10.67 m (35.0 ft) (winter)[6]
Depth15.2 m (49.9 ft)
Ice class
  • 1A Super
  • Canada ASPPR Arctic Class 3
  • CAC 4 equivalent[5]
Installed power10.9 MW
PropulsionDucted CPP, ⌀ 5.23 m (17.16 ft)
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) in open water
  • 2 knots (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) in 1.5 m (4.9 ft) ice[4]
  • 7 holds
  • 34,522 m3 (grain)
  • 24,309 m3 (oil at 96 %)

MV Arctic was an icebreaking cargo ship built in 1978 at the Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The ship was owned and operated by the Fednav Group. Arctic was sold for recycling in Aliağa, Turkey in April 2021.[3]

Designed to carry both oil and ore, the vessel is not only ice strengthened with a Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A Super, but has a CASPPR Class 3 or CAC 4 rating. This means it is powerful enough to navigate through many ice-covered waters without escort. Arctic previously serviced mines in the high Canadian Arctic such as Polaris and Nanisivik. Once those mines closed she was shifted to service the Raglan mine in northern Quebec and the Voisey's Bay mine in Labrador. In addition in 1985 she became the first ship to export crude oil from the Canadian Arctic, from Panarctic Oils Bent Horn terminal.

As part of the repairs following a grounding off of Little Cornwallis Island the ice strengthening in the sides and bottom was increased at Thunder Bay shipyard in 1984. In 1985-1986 in anticipation of the export of crude oil from Bent Horn Island in the high Arctic the ship received a new icebreaker bow and was converted to an OBO at Port Weller Drydock. This improved her icebreaking capability such that the ice class could be upgraded from CAC 2 to CAC 4.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Arctic (21216)". DNV Vessel Register. DNV. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  2. ^ "Arctic (7517507)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  3. ^ a b "Fednav Welcomes the MV Arvik I—its Newest Icebreaking Bulk Carrier". The Maritime Executive. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Kitagawa, H. et al. Northern Sea Route. Shortest Sea Route Linking East Asia and Europe. Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine Ship & Ocean Foundation, 2001. ISBN 4-88404-027-9.
  5. ^ a b c Baker, D. & Nishizaki, R. MV Arctic - New bow form and model testing. Transactions - Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 94, 1986. pp. 57-74.
  6. ^ a b c MV Arctic. FedNav. Retrieved 2011-03-05. C17 348357 Arctic Fednav Ltd. Bulk Carrier 19,420 Jul-85 Conversion to OBO Carrier