Antarctic ice patroller makes short stopover

  • In port: the HMS Protector, a Royal Navy ice patrol ship, moored at No 6 Dock on the Hamilton waterfront, with the Bermuda flag flying at the Flagpole. At nearly 300 feet, its tasks range from research icebreaker, fisheries patrol, emergency and humanitarian aid (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    In port: the HMS Protector, a Royal Navy ice patrol ship, moored at No 6 Dock on the Hamilton waterfront, with the Bermuda flag flying at the Flagpole. At nearly 300 feet, its tasks range from research icebreaker, fisheries patrol, emergency and humanitarian aid (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


Front Street has been visited this week by a Royal Navy ice patrol ship.

The HMS Protector, a 292ft vessel, usually patrols the Antarctic where it conducts surveys and assists with efforts to enforce environmental guidelines.

According to the Royal Navy, the vessel is equipped with two cranes capable of lifting up to 60 tonnes of stores and equipment.

The ship, originally called the MV PolarbjÝrn, the Norwegian word for polar bear, was first launched in 2001 in Norway as a polar research icebreaker.

The Royal Navy chartered the ship in 2011 as a temporary replacement for the HMS Endurance, but the Royal Navy purchased the vessel outright in 2013. The ship is expected to remain in port until Sunday, when will sail for Miami.

Government House did not respond to a request for information on the reason for the vesselís stop in Bermuda.

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Published Sep 5, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 5, 2019 at 7:16 am)

Antarctic ice patroller makes short stopover

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