MV Sea Adventurer

MV Sea Adventurer[2] is an ice-capable expedition cruise ship operating commercial voyages to both polar regions, with Quark Expeditions of Norwalk, CT, USA. The vessel was renamed on 1 October 2012, having previously been registered as "Clipper Adventurer". She is the sister ship to the MV Lyubov Orlova. Built in 1975 in the former Yugoslavia as Alla Tarasova, she underwent a $13 million refit in 1998.

  • 19751997: Alla Tarasova
  • 19972012: Clipper Adventurer
  • 2012present: Sea Adventurer
Owner: International Shipping Partners
Port of registry:
Builder: Brodogradiliste Kraljevica
Yard number: 408
Launched: 19 April 1975
In service: 1975
Status: In service
General characteristics (Refitted in 1998)
Class and type: Maria Yermolova-class passenger ship
Tonnage: 4,376 tons[1]
Length: 100.58 m (330.0 ft)
Beam: 16.31 m (53.5 ft)
Draught: 4.72 m (15.5 ft)
Ice class: A-1
  • 2 MAN B&W diesel propulsion engines rated approx 2,640 SHP each
  • 500 HP bowthruster
  • controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 12 knots
Capacity: 122
Crew: 72

During the summer of 2009 Adventure Canada of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada carried passengers through the Northwest Passage on the Clipper Adventurer.

On 27 August 2010, Clipper Adventurer ran aground of a supposedly uncharted rock in the waters of Nunavut's Coronation Gulf during a cruise. The collision damaged the ship's ballast and fuel tanks, leading pollution to be released into the Coronation Gulf. 128 passengers and 69 crew members were stranded until they were rescued by the CCGS Amundsen.[3] It was later found that the rock was indeed a known hazard and had already been properly reported by the Canadian Hydrographic Service.[4][5]

The salvage job was awarded to Resolve Marine Group, a Florida-based Salvage company.[6] On 18 September 2010, the ship was successfully towed into Cambridge Bay.


  1. Equasis
  2. Quark Expeditions Archived 2008-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Mooney, Chris (21 December 2017). "Scientists came to explore the fabled waters of the Arctic — but their work could also change its future". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. Nunatsiaq Online (September 2010). "Clipper Adventurer ran into a charted hazard expert says". Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  5. CBC News (August 2010). "Cruise ship stranded in Nunavut". Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  6. Marine Log (September 2010). "Resolve Marine Group starts Clipper Adventurer salvage". Retrieved 3 September 2010.
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