A new European research icebreaker with deep-sea drilling capability
Research in the polar regions can only be carried out by sophisticated research vessels. Modern research vessels that are capable of penetrating into the central Arctic are rare. A new state-of-the-art research icebreaker is therefore urgently required to fulfill the needs of European polar research – AURORA BOREALIS.
There have been no comparable vessels available for the design and construction of AURORA BOREALIS. The combination of an icebreaker, drilling ship and multi-purpose research vessel – for use in polar regions as well as in the open sea in all seasons – therefore requires the development of new technical concepts.
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The Project ERICON- AURORA BOREALIS is supported by the European Commission under Framework Programme 7 Contract ERAC 211796.