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7 - Arctic P | 87.58m (287'4") Arctic P | 87.58m (287'4")

built in 1969, Germany

Arctic P was built as an ice-classed, oceangoing tug in 1969 for the Bugsier Towing & Salvage Company. Her pre-conversion career included the rescue of a commercial expedition vessel that ran aground in the Antarctic in 1972. In 1995 she was converted into a yacht for the late Kerry Packer, formerly Australia’s richest man. The project was managed by the late Claus Kusch, who also converted the smaller tug Simson S (now Sea Ranger, number 10 on this list). The yacht is still owned by the Packer family and can be seen roaming the worlds oceans. In 2013 Arctic P journeyed from the Falkland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula, travelling further south than a private vessel had gone in years. After that trip they decided to go further, and in doing so set the record for the furthermost southern latitude of any private vessel on the Antarctic Peninsula in recent years. The journey took some planning but she is well equipped for the conditions. She has 50mm steel plating on the bow and 30mm on the ice line and as the captain says "we know what she is capable of; she has proven herself a true expedition yacht. She can go anywhere the owner desires". Builder: Schichau-Unterweser (1969) / Malta Drydock Company (1995) Naval architecture: Kusch Yachts Exterior styling: Lothar Schimpf Interior design: Pauline Nunns Former names: Arctic

was built as an ice-classed, oceangoing tug in 1969 for the Bugsier Towing & Salvage Company. Her pre-conversion career included the rescue of a commercial expedition vessel that ran aground in the Antarctic in 1972.

In 1995 she was converted into a yacht for the late Kerry Packer, formerly Australia’s richest man. The project was managed by the late Claus Kusch, who also converted the smaller tug Simson S (now Sea Ranger, number 10 on this list). The yacht is still owned by the Packer family and can be seen roaming the worlds oceans.

In 2013 Arctic P journeyed from the Falkland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula, travelling further south than a private vessel had gone in years. After that trip they decided to go further, and in doing so set the record for the furthermost southern latitude of any private vessel on the Antarctic Peninsula in recent years.

The journey took some planning but she is well equipped for the conditions. She has 50mm steel plating on the bow and 30mm on the ice line and as the captain says "we know what she is capable of; she has proven herself a true expedition yacht. She can go anywhere the owner desires".

Builder:Schichau-Unterweser (1969) / Malta Drydock Company (1995)
Naval architecture:Kusch Yachts
Exterior styling: Lothar Schimpf
Interior design:Pauline Nunns
Former names:Arctic

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