Ice-resistant floating platform Severny Polyus. Project 00903


KM Arc5 [2] AUT1-C HELIDECK-F Special purpose ship of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).


A wide range of research operations in the Arctic Ocean performed by the expedition onboard the ice-resistant floating platform:

  • Standard meteorological, actinometric (observation sites on ice) and aerological observations (onboard the ship)
  • Ice cover research and analysis of its dynamics (on ice testing ranges)
  • Analysis of ice loads, mechanics of deformations and rotting of ice effecting the industrial facilities to improve methods of calculation of local and wide-area ice loads to ships and other engineering facilities, as well as development and testing of monitoring systems for ice loads effecting the industrial facilities
  • Integrated work on background ecological monitoring of marine environment components
  • Oceanologic research
  • Set of field studies to improve methods of hydrometeorological support of development in the Arctic region
  • Geological and geophysical research to estimate the oil and gas potential of the Arctic basins, as well as for geological mapping
  • Investigation of physical process due to global and regional climate change
  • Set of works to support the development of polar crossing aviation including efficient support of weather forecasts, communication and navigation
  • Medical research
  • Tasks related to lighting systems for surface and subsea situations in the Arctic Regions
  • Other tasks in compliance with the Programme of scientific research performed on the drifting ice-resistant self-propelled platform developed by Federal State Budgetary Institution "Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute".


JSC Admiralty Shipyards, St. Petersburg

Main Features

  • Length overall, m 86.05
  • Length extreme, m 83.1
  • Length between perpendiculars, m 76.7
  • Breadth extreme, m 22.5
  • Breadth at DWL, m 21.8
  • Depth, m 11.4
  • Draft at DWL, m 8.6
  • Deadweight, t ab. 3630
  • Speed, kn 10
  • Endurance by provision/fuel stores, days 365/730
  • Crew/research personnel, pers. 14/34

Power plant

  • Main engine, pcs. x kW 1x4200
  • Auxiliary diesel generator, pcs. x kW 3x800
  • Emergency diesel generator, pcs. x kW 1x300

Chief Designer

M.V. Bakhrov