|Photographer:||Clyde Dickens [View profile]||Title:||JS Shirase AGB5002||Added:||Jul 05, 2008|
|Sydney Harbour, Woolloomooloo Bay, RAN Fleet Base. 21 March 2008.
Returning to Japan after 6 month round trip voyage to Antarctic.
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force. AGB Auxiliary Ice Breaker. Shirase class
Standard Displacement 11,600t 19,000t (full) Length 134 m Width 28.0 m
Depth 14.5 m Draft 9.2 m Propulsion 6 x Mitsubishi 12V42M diesel
6 x electric motor Horsepower 30,000ps Maximum Speed 19ktt Crew 170
Special Equipment 1 x loading system Various ocean observation devices
Aircraft 2 x large helicopter 1 x small helicopter
Shirase has the power to break 1.5m of ice at 3 knots
Added March 2011
The decommissioned Japanese icebreaker Shirase 5002 was handed over to its new owner Weathernews Inc, a weather forecasting company, after completing 25 years of service supporting Japanís Antarctic expeditions.
The vessel is expected to be renamed SHIRASE and will be on display in Tokyo Bay at Funabashi port in Chiba Prefecture from early May, while its successor, the new Shirase 5003, is participating in the current Antarctic expedition. Weathernews is planning to hold various events covering such topics as climate change and other environmental issues on the ship after putting the vessel on exhibition.