Sunday, May 29th 2011 - 20:05 UTC

Argentine refurbished ice-breaker should be ready for 2012/13 Antarctic season

The Argentine navy icebreaker “Almirante Irizar” which became an almost total loss in 2007 should be back fully refurbished and operational for the 2012/2013 Antarctic season following an investment of over 100 million US dollars reveals the Buenos Aires press.

“Almirante Irizar” is currently undergoing repairs at Argentina’s Tandanor shipyards

The vessel is currently in Tandanor’s shipyard and the basic engineering reconstruction effort is being done by an Argentina-Spanish consortium while all the electronics has been contracted with Finland’s ABB. Norway’s’ shipping risk rating and classification agency DNV has approved the refurbishing plans and has a resident inspector at the Argentine shipyard.

The new “Irizar” will be more focused on scientific research and less on Antarctica duties which in practical terms means the investigation and labs area will be increased from 74 to 415 square metres. New engines and turbines have been purchased from MAN, Germany and will be mounted sometime next October with a special crane.

“The vessel will have a different profile, before it was mainly dedicated to provide logistic support to the (Argentine) Antarctic bases and to a lesser extent, scientific research. Now we are inverting those priorities which demands many changes to the original internal structure”, said Mario Fadel head of Tandanor shipyards.

The original refurbishing blueprints were elaborated by the SKF Finland yard that built the vessel, but in 2009 DNV requested 52 modifications to have the icebreaker comply with international rules. It was then decided to contract Sener a Spanish-Argentine group which was given the green light and in the first stage removed 850 tons of fire-twisted steel the vessel.

One of the main modifications is to mount two German MAN 6.000 KW engines and four power generating turbines totalling 4.000 KW. Since each engine weighs 15 tons and the set of turbines 90 tons, the operation will be done next October when the vessel is out of the dry dock.

The following step is to assemble the blocks being built by the Argentine naval industrial complex next to the Tandanor plus 600 state of the art equipments to be installed that will enable among other things an engine room that will not need physical presence of engineers, an expanded radar surveillance system and a renewed landing platform for two helicopters. A crucial element is an extended highly sensitive fire alarm system to prevent a situation like that which condemned the vessel in 2007 when 70% was destroyed particularly the engine room and power generating plant.

Further more the continuous current system will be changed to alternating that will help increase the vessel’s power by 10%. Electronics and electricity is under responsibility of Finland’s ABB.

As to the vessel’s living quarter’s capacity and the bridge which went mostly undamaged during the fire, they will also be reformed which means the new vessel will have 313 beds instead of 245, and the scientific research area expanded to 415 square metres.

“This is not a simple repair job. Irizar is in itself a huge complex and that is how we assess it here in Tandanor. That is why the political decision to make the refurbish job here is a crucial step in the recovery of the (Argentine) shipbuilding industry”, said Fadel who added the usable horizon for the new Irizar will be thirty years.

Following the almost loss of the “Almirante Irizar” the Argentine government considered purchasing a new icebreaker of similar conditions but there were none in the market and to order a new one was “discouraging” because of the costs.

“It was finally decided as more convenient to have the vessel refurbished and overseas was also an option. However it was considered more useful to have the job done in Argentina’s Tandanor shipyard but under supervision from the original Finnish yard that built the icebreaker in the seventies. But given the risk rating agency DNV objections to SKF blueprints, this option was dropped and Tandanor prevailed”, underlined Fadel.
 

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1 briton (#) May 29th, 2011 - 11:52 pm Report abuse
oh dear more presents from your uncle America,
what would you lot do without them, [sink]
2 xbarilox (#) May 30th, 2011 - 06:01 am Report abuse
@ 1 oh dear, in what part of the article is written the word America or USA? lol whatever briton...

Rompehielos Alte. Irizar avanzando sobre los hielos

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV3UnjNqFoY&feature=related
3 Beef (#) May 30th, 2011 - 08:59 am Report abuse
That Norwegian insurance inspector better watch his back considering that many Argies have declared war on Norwegian ships!
4 saphira (#) May 30th, 2011 - 03:33 pm Report abuse
@2 Did you not notice the headline,it mentions US dollars?
5 briton (#) May 30th, 2011 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
following an investment of over 100 million US dollars
how stupid are you XBOX, read the article on top
the americans yanks united states or whatever you choose, gives argentina lots of help, even if fools like you dont like it
6 Fido Dido (#) May 30th, 2011 - 07:03 pm Report abuse
Nonsense, there is no help from the United States.

following an investment of over 100 million US dollars

That's just the conversion of what the price will be in the worlds reserve currency, the US dollar. Geez...
7 briton (#) May 30th, 2011 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
Fido Dido
there is always a country somewhere that is borrowing or lending money to someone, even if you use the I.M.F. that is contributed by lots of countries, we all wish we did not have to, but goverments have other agenders , and its always different from what the people want .
8 xbarilox (#) May 30th, 2011 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
@ 6 You're right Fido, that's true :)

@ 5 Your gastric ulcer briton, take care of it :)
9 briton (#) May 30th, 2011 - 07:32 pm Report abuse
well your loss, thank godness these rich powerfull people dont need the say so of the people, but if you and others belive that no one helps argentina, and argentina has done it all be herself, then good luck to argentina, perhaps we will see her zooming onto the world stage soon then .?
10 Frank (#) May 30th, 2011 - 08:39 pm Report abuse
One has to wonder about putting $100 million into a 35 year old hull......
11 JustinKuntz (#) May 30th, 2011 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
I did wonder about the wisdom of spending all that on a 35 yr old hull. Is the classic fallacy of spending money on refurbishment that would be better spent on replacement?

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