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  • BIO Hesperides, is a Spanish polar research vessel. She was built in 1990, by Bazán Shipyards of Cartagena. Hesperides is used to service the research bases in Antarctica as well as various research voyages. Hesperides is classified by Lloyd's Register of Shipping with ice class 1C. She can move through up to 0.5 metres of ice at 5 knots. Her propulsion system uses a computer-controlled variable-pitch propeller and stern and bow thrusters. The vessel carries one helicopter. In 2003-2004 she was the subject of a thorough renovation, the hull was strengthened even more to break ice, all systems were improved and the habitability of the ship. The vessel is equipped with eleven laboratories, spread over 345 m² and located on the main deck and below. In 2009 the vessel participated in a high profile rescue of the Ocean Nova, a vessel with 106 people in the Antarctic.

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