|Photographer:||Clyde Dickens [View profile]||Title:||JS Shirase AGB5003||Added:||Mar 20, 2017|
|Captured:||March 20, 2017||IMO:||Unavailable||Hits:||1,027|
|Entering Sydney Harbour, passing South Head. 20 March 2017.
Annual visit after tour of duty in Antarctica.
Vessel at 33°49'51.99" S 151°16'23.39" E
Wikipedia data :
Shirase (しらせ) (Hull number: AGB-5003) is a Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan's fourth icebreaker for Antarctic expeditions. Her predecessor (AGB-5002) had the same name
Like its predecessor it makes one single long voyage each season from Japan via Fremantle to the Japanese Antarctic Bases of Syowa (established 1957), Mizuho (est. 1970) and Asuka (est. 1985). It then returns to Japan via Sydney after a trip of around 6 months.
Displacement: Approx. 20,000 tons
Length: 138 m (452 ft 9 in)
Beam: 28 m (91 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
Four propulsion motors, 22,000 kW (combined)
Two shafts; fixed-pitch propellers
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph) (maximum)
3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) in 1.5 m (4.9 ft) ice
Capacity: 80 scientists
1,100 tons of cargo
Aircraft carried: 3 helicopters
For background history see