News

News from aboard will be available in the Polarstern app. Below you can download the reports additionally as weekly reports.

PS 135_1 | 20-26 March 2023
PS 135_1 | 13-19 March 2023   
PS 134 | 6-12 March 2023




  







  

Where is polarstern?

Figures and facts
Port of registry Bremerhaven
Length 118 metres
Width 25 metres
Max. draught 11.20 metres
Max. displacement 17,277 tons
Empty weight 12,012 tons
Commissioning AWI 1982
Engine 4 x KHD RBV 8M540
Engine power 19,198 PS (four engines)
Range 19,000 nautical miles /
80 days
Max. speed 16 knots
Operation area Everywhere including pack ice zone
Crew 44
Days on sea per year on average approx. 305
Shipyard Nobiskrug, Rendsburg and Howaldswerke - Deutsche Werft Kiel AG, Germany
Scientists per day / long term sailing none / 53

 

News

Polarstern Turns 40

Polarstern Turns 40

9 December 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the research icebreaker Polarstern’s commissioning. Built by a consortium combining the shipyards Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft in Kiel and Werft Nobiskrug in Rendsburg, the Alfred Wegener Institute’s flagship has successfully completed more than 130 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic and offered a temporary home for thousands of researchers from Germany and around the globe. In the process, the Polarstern has safely traversed 1.8 million nautical miles. The ship is currently on an expedition in the Southern Ocean.

Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

The Research Vessel Polarstern was in the Arctic for the past seven weeks. There, the summertime sea-ice extent declined by ca. 40 percent over the past 40 years – making it one of the most visible impacts of climate change. In order to better grasp such changes, the research teams on board the Polarstern investigated Atlantic Water Recirculation in Fram Strait and in the marginal ice zone north of Svalbard, as well as ocean/glacier interactions off the coast of Greenland.



FS Polarstern on tour