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Arctic Icebreakers


The design and engineering features of vessels that transport cargo through ice-bound waters, exploring four steps in the evolution of the craft since the 19th century. The programme explains how German engineer Carl Ferdinand Steinhaus created Eisbrecker Eins in 1871, which is regarded as the world's first ice-breaking ship, and investigates the advances that greatly enhanced icebreakers' capabilities in the latter half of the 20th century. Plus, a detailed examination of the Timofey Guzhenko, a 93,500-ton ship that is the largest icebreaker currently operating in the Arctic.

Cast & Crew

Director Gwyn Williams
Executive Producer Carlo Massarella
Producer Gwyn Williams
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