Built as a passenger-cargo vessel by Stocznia Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland after she was ordered by the Russian Academy of Science but after the collapse of the USSR transferred to the LLC RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz in Korsakov, Russia and completed as a passenger-supply vessel.
25 October 1988 laid down.
22 December 1988 launched as the MARINA SVETAEVA named after the renowned Russian poetess Marina Svetaeva.
Tonnage 4,575 grt, 1,417 net, 740 dwt. Dim. 89.98 x 17.20m length bpp 78.5m.
Powered by two 6-cyl. Sulzer 6ZL40/48 Diesel engines, 4,350 bhp, twin shafts with controllable pitch propeller, speed 14 knots.
Accommodation for 100 passengers and 41 crew.
30 August 1989 delivered to owners. IMO No 8509181.
1999 Sold to Dalmorneftgazflot, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, not renamed.
2000 Sold to ZAO Morskaya Kompaniya, Sakhalin-Kurily. Not renamed
2005 Refitted accommodation for 115 passengers.
07 November 2007 managed by Polar Shipping, Joint Stock Company, St Petersburg, and chartered by an Australian company as a cruise vessel.
29 November 2011 bought by Ortelius Scheepsreizen B.V. Vlissingen, Neterlands, managed by Oceanwide Expeditions Beheer B.B. and Polar Shipping, Joint Stock Company.
29 November 2002 renamed in ORTELIUS named after Abraham ORTELIUS (1527-1698). He published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.
2011Fitted out in Montevideo as a polar expedition ship.
31 December 2011 maiden voyage for the new owner to Antarctica.
2012 Rebuilt by Scheepswerf Reimerswaal B.V., Hansweert, Netherland, 15 June 2012 completed.
Homeport Limassol, Cyprus.
2014 She underwent a complete renovation of deck 5.
May 2018, managed by Oceanwide ,Marine Service B.V., Vlissingen, Netherlands , Homeport Vlissingen, Netherlands.
2021 In service, Accommodation for maximum 116 passengers, crew 48.
Aircraft carried 2 × Squirrel 350 or Bell 206 LongRanger helicopters. Aviation facilities Helipad and hangar (added 2007)
MV ORTELIUS is an ice-strengthened vessel currently employed for expedition-style polar cruises by owner and operator Oceanwide Expeditions. She was originally named Marina Svetaeva and was built in Gdynia, Poland, in 1989 as a special-purpose vessel for the LLC RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz.
The ship operated in the Russian Far East for the Marine Company Sakhalin-Kurils LLC, as a passenger and supply vessel, then as an accommodation and supply ship to oil fields in the northern Pacific Ocean. In December 2007, she was chartered by Aurora Expeditions of Sydney, Australia, as a cruise ship in the Arctic and Antarctic seas.
MARINA TSVETAYEVA was acquired in 2011 by the Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions, based in Vlissingen, Netherlands. She was renamed ORTELIUS and registered in Cyprus. On 16 January 2014, ORTELIUS was scheduled to sail for a 10-day Antarctic Peninsula voyage. All passengers were aboard, but the anchor system failed and the boat never left port. This technical problem was soon solved, however, and ORTELIUS continued her Antarctic season as planned. A highlight of that particular season was a successful expedition to Snow Hill Island, where passengers were transported by helicopter to a colony of emperor penguins and their chicks.
2021 In service.
Guinea 2021 20000 Fg sg?, Scott? Although this edition was recognized by the Guinean Postal Authority, it was not sold in Guinea, only marketed by Guinea's Philatelic Agency.
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