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Hans Hansson

Strong expedition yacht for small groups looking for an exclusive Antarctica adventure.

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The Hans Hansson

Hans Hansson is 26.m long and she can take up to 12 passengers and 6 crew. The small vessel was specifically built to withstand challenging weather, as she started her career as a life saving vessel in Norway, and has now transitioned to taking passengers to the amazing corners of the world. Her hull – designed to withstand the waters of the infamous North Sea, is perfectly suited for exploring Antarctica. She is the perfect platform for photography lovers to watch wildlife and icebergs. She is maneuverable and able to go where larger vessels can't go.


Hans Hansson was built in Norway in 1960 for the Norwegian Lifeboat Association as the Rescue Cruiser Skomvaer II. For 25 years she operated in the North Sea and Barents Sea assisting 704 vessels and saving 106 lives. In 1986 Skomvaer II was bought by the Swedish Lifeboat Association and completely refitted. Modifications included extra ice strengthening for operation in the Baltic Sea. In 1988 she was re-launched as Hans Hansson and during the following ten years assisted 243 vessels and rescued 55 people.
In 1998 Hans Hansson was decommissioned and sold into private ownership. A major refit in 2005 saw her superstructure extended, systems upgraded and interior renewed to provide comfortable accommodation for twelve passengers and six crew. Her original rescue vessels seakeeping qualities have not been compromised and she is ideally suited for extended voyages in comfort and safety anywhere in the world.


Ship Specifications

Technical Information

Flag / Class: British / DNV +1A1 ICE-C

Dimensions: LOA 26.5 m, LWL 23.30 m, beam 7.1 m, draft 3.4 m

Tonnage: Register 145.78 tons, Displacement 230 tons

Construction: Ice strengthened steel hull, aluminium superstructure

Machinery: BergenDiesel 525 bhp @ 312 rpm, variable pitch propeller

Ulstein 100 bhp variable pitch bowthruster

2x Volvo 47.5kW, 380/220V generators for auxiliary power, hydraulics, pumps

Onan silent 24kW 380/220V generator for domestic power service

Watermaker 6 tons/day

Tanks: Fuel 48 tons, Potable water 15 tons, Blackwater 5 tons

Speed: 11 knots maximum, 9 knots cruise


8,000 nautical miles / 40 days at cruising speed

Navigation: GPS positioning, electronic chart software

2 radars

2 fluxgate compasses

2 magnetic compasses




Communication: DSC VHF radio, DSC HF radio, Inmarsat M and GSM phone, fax, data

Safety: Foam/water fire pump 2,200 ltr/min, bilge pump 1,500 ltr/min, Fire detection system

FM200 halon fire suppressant

2x 12 person liferafts


Immersion suits, lifejackets

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