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Eisvogel-class icebreaker
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Eisvogel laid up in Wilhelmshaven
Class overview
Builders: Hitzler Werft
Operators:  German Navy
In commission: 1961-2006
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 560 tonnes
Length: 38.85 m (127 ft 6 in)
Beam: 9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Draft: 3.72 m (12 ft 2 in)
Ice class: 140 tonne Hitzler pitching device (for icebreaking)
Propulsion: 2 × Maybach MD655 diesel engines, generating 1,765 kW at 1400 rpm
Two controlled-pitch propellers, 3 m diameter
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Range: 2,000 nm at 12 kn
Complement: 16 civilians
Sensors and
processing systems:
Navigation radar only
Armament: Fitted for one Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft gun

The Eisvogel class icebreakers (Type 721) was a two ship class built for the German Navy by the Hitzler Werft shipyard of Lauenburg/Elbe.

The Eisvogel was in service for the Naval Base Command Kiel and sold to private owners after decommissioning. Since 2010 she is operated as a civil tugboat in Trieste.[1]

The Eisbär was based along the German North Sea coast. After decommissioning she was laid up in Wilhelmshaven later sold to the Netherlands for scrapping.

List of Ships

Name Call
Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Fate/Base
A 1401 Eisvogel April 28, 1960 March 11, 1961 March 3, 2006 Sold to Italy
A 1402 Eisbär June 9, 1969 November 1, 1961 October 30, 1997 Scrapped

The ships are named after the European Kingfisher (Eisvogel) and Polar Bear (Eisbär), both names contain the German word for ice.

See also

  • Icebreaker Eisvogel—an unrelated vessel


  1. "Ship of the day: Eisvogel". Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. "The Eisvogel (IMO: 8736198, Port of Registry: Trieste) is a 1961 built icebreaker of 35 meters long, almost 10 meters wide. She was built for the German navy by Hitzler Werft, Germany and is propelled by two Maybach MD 655 engines delivering a total output of 1765 kW at 1400 rpm which gives the vessel a 20 tons bollard pull and a maximum speed of 14 knots. Nowadays the vessel is operated as a standard tug by Lucatelli Towing & Salvage, Trieste, Italy." 

External links

Further reading

  • Gerhard Koop/Siegfried Breyer: Die Schiffe, Fahrzeuge und Flugzeuge der deutschen Marine von 1956 bis heute, Bernard & Graefe Verlag, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-7637-5950-6 (German)

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