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Explorer Conversion Candidate


On offer is the former Max Waldeck, a German government ice breaker of highest ice class. A fantastic candidate for a classic explorer conversion! We are holding various designs and conversion configuration plans. Expeditionary cruiser or explorer superyacht...

Built 1967 by Norderwerft, Hamburg, converted /rebuilt 1982 Thyssen, Germany


Dimension: 55.34/50.87 x 13.40 x 6.0 m – max draft 4.75 m

Last dry docking November 2013


GT/NT 940/282


Built to class: GL 100 A4 E 3 icebreaker


15 cabins with 28 berths

2 mess rooms, 1 galley, 5 toilets and 5 showers, 2 workshops




Main engines 3 x MTU ND 665, each 855 kW (last Maybach designed) – driving a 2 motor ABB diesel electric propulsion system.

Running hours only 11.000 and since last overhaul 1.500 each

Vessel can sail on 1,2 or 3 engines thus very fuel efficient!

Internal cooling, engines always cooling on freshwater



Fuel 104 cbm

Ballast 70 cbm

FW 18 cbm

Foam cap 10 cbm


Towing winch - 38 ts bollard pull

Cargo holds for and aft

Large aftdeck

Crane aftship 5 tons


Speed 12 knots with icebow and 14 knots without icebow.


This vessel was always owned by the German Government, and although originally built 1967, was rebuilt 1982 in parts of engine room and accommodation,


the ship is still in good technical and structural condition. She has installed a specially designed ice breaking bow that was for research purposes but this can simply be removed.The Archive Photo shows her without the bow as originally built. .


Vessel can be delivered prompt ex. Rotterdam

Owners are asking €800,000

Full specs and conversion plans available.


Thank you for your interest!




All details without guarantee

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