Amsterdam-based Maritime Construction Services has won a contract from the Australian Antarctic Division for Supply Services in the Antarctic region. The company will deploy its DP3 multi-purpose vessel Everest for the resupply expeditions.

The contract includes the resupply of several AAD stations in Antarctica, dedicated to climate research for the polar regions. The project will take place from December 2020 until March 2021.

MPV Everest

With its DP3 ICE Class 1A Super characteristics, the multi-purpose vessel (MPV) Everest is well equipped to provide these services in Antarctica. The advanced systems onboard the Everest give it a small environmental footprint and it can handle the severest Polar conditions.

With 1400m2 of deck space a large quantity of project equipment or subsea structures/parts can be brought on board or lowered. The Everest is equipped with a 250-metric-tonne Active Heave Compensated crane and three ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). The latter can be deployed to do underwater work and research, if so required.


  • Type: Ice Class Multi-Purpose Construction Vessel
  • Length and width: 140 x 30 x13 metres
  • Deck space: 1400 m2
  • Accommodation: 140 personnel/100 cabins
  • Power: 25,000 kW
  • Key Characteristics: DP3, Super Clean Ship with Green Passport, Ice Class 1A Super, winterised to -40ºC, DSV, oil recovery and firefighting ship

‘We are more than proud to support the AAD with our flagship the MPV Everest, in their mission to answer the big scientific questions of our time; to understand Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as the engine room for global climate research climate change research,’ says Anton Shishkarev, Director of Maritime Construction Services (MCS). ‘The MPV Everest has been built with one idea in mind: to enable safe and reliable operations in the polar regions. Together with the AAD, we have been preparing for several weeks, and we are looking forward to a successful cooperation and exciting project.’

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