The former icebreaking tug Arctic P has emerged from Palumbo Shipyard Malta fresh from a winter maintenance period.
First launched in 1969, the 88 metre polar explorer started life as an icebreaking tug before being transformed into luxury explorer in 1995. Today she still retains her rugged exterior and has been spotted making her way from Palumbo’s Valletta-based refit yard in Malta towards Gibraltar.
Since her initial conversion, she has undergone a number of refits including the installation of a Jacuzzi, swimming pool and a new dining area, as well as renovations to her galley, engine room and pilothouse. While she is more than well-equipped to tackle icy climates, a beach club was built into her design for Mediterranean summer cruising.
This year, Palumbo Shipyard Malta was entrusted to carry out the necessary maintenance work to allow Arctic P to continue on her global adventures. This included repair work on her decks, engines, technical rooms and the interior, with the major intervention being a complete overhaul of her air-conditioning system.
Spread across 270,000 square metres, Palumbo Shipyard Malta represents a one-stop solution for refit, repair, maintenance and conversion, served by one of the biggest docks in Europe.
With a colossal fuel capacity of 1.4 million litres and a range of 17,000 nautical miles, it comes as no surprise that Arctic P set a world record for the further voyage south by any vessel back in 2015.