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USCG will not re-activate Polar Sea icebreaker

17 February 2017

Key Points

  • The 2016 Material Condition Assessment inspections concluded that re-activating the inactive Polar Sea icebreaker would be cost-prohibitive
  • Polar Sea will not be scrapped and will retain its inactive commissioned status as a source of replacement parts for the active Polar Star

The US Coast Guard (USCG) finished Material Condition Assessment inspections of its inactive heavy icebreaker Polar Sea and concluded it would not re-activate the vessel owing to the significant costs and long timeframe needed, the service told Jane's.

Naval Sea Systems Command's assessment, which concluded in December, inspected all of Polar Sea 's components such as wiring, structure, equipment, and machinery for physical condition and viability.

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