MV Ushuaia at dock

MV Ushuaia is a cruise ship operated by Argentina's Antarpply Expeditions, based in the city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) on the Beagle Channel near the southern tip of South America. She was built for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[1] She served the NOAA for twenty years under the names Researcher and "Malcolm Baldrige".[2]

MV Ushuaia is registered under the flag of the Comoros.[3] She was built in 1970. She can carry 84 passengers.[4]

On December 4, 2008 she hit a rock in Wilhelmina Bay in Antarctica, and had to be evacuated on December 5 with the Chilean Navy ship AP-41 Aquiles to the Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva, from where they were flown to Ushuaia on December 6 with the Argentine Air Force Hercules TC-69. Those taken off included 14 Dutch, 12 Americans, 11 Australians, 8 Germans, 6 Chinese, Canadians, New Zealanders, Britons, Italians, French, Spaniards, Swiss, a Belgian and a Cypriot passenger as well as 5 Argentine crew.[5]


  1. ^ Mary Lu Abbott (2006-02-05). "Native expedition to the Arctic frontier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  2. ^ "Icebreakers: MV Ushuaia". Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  3. ^ Ushuaia on EquasisWeb
  4. ^ Gene Sloan. "Expedition ship carrying Americans runs aground in Antarctica". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  5. ^ Antarctic Cruise Tourists Rescued, Sky News, 5 December 2008