Type 272 icebreaker

Type 272 icebreaker is the third generation icebreaker indigenously developed by China for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Class overview
Operators:  People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Type 210 icebreaker
Built: 2013–2016
In service: 2016–Present
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,860 tonnes (4,780 long tons; 5,360 short tons)
Length: 103.1 m (338 ft 3 in)
Beam: 18.4 m (60 ft 4 in)
Installed power: Diesel engines
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Range: 7,000 nmi (13,000 km)

Type 272 icebreaker is the improvement over earlier Type 210 icebreaker and it is larger than its predecessor.[1] The pennant number of the first unit of Type 272 consists of two Chinese character Hai-bing (海冰, meaning Sea Ice in Chinese), followed by a three digit number, and this pennant number is the same pennant number used by a first generation Chinese icebreaker Type 071 that retired in June 2013, five months before the start of the construction of the first unit of this first unit of Type 272 icebreaker in November 2013.[1] Type 272 has more advanced design features in comparison to earlier Chinese icebreakers, such as the incorporation of multifunction displays,[1] and it can withstand wind scale of 12 when sailing.[1] Type 272 is capable of carrying a large helicopter of Changhe Z-8 class,[2] and the second unit is built by PLAN Plant No. 4180, which is also commonly known as Southern Liaoning Shipyard (辽南造船厂).[2]

 Type   Pennant #   Laid down   Launched   Commissioned   Status   Fleet 
272 Haibing 722 November 2013 March 2015 January 1, 2016 Active North Sea Fleet
272 Haibing 723 July 2015 March 17, 2016 Active North Sea Fleet


  1. "Type 272 icebreaker". m.news.cntv.cn. China Network Television. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  2. "2nd Type 272 icebreaker". Retrieved March 22, 2016.

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