The Russian Retrofit
Originally built in 1972 as an Ice Class Hydrographical Survey Vessel for the USSR, Olivia is now a 230-foot, steel-hull expedition yacht capable of traversing the most adverse weather conditions and equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. Additional specifications include a beam of 39 feet, with a minimum draft of just under 10 feet. The ship displaces 1,200 tons and carries 85,865 gallons of fuel plus 29,062 gallons of fresh water.
Equipment highlights include a three-ton and an eight-ton davit for lifting aboard research gear or virtually any size tender. The boat is powered by a Deutz AG RBV 6M 358 single-screw diesel engine that pushes her to 15 knots with a cruise speed of 12 knots and gives it an astounding range of 13,500 nautical miles. The propulsion system is new as part of the retrofit that recently took place. Rolls-Royce stabilizers and anti-rolling tanks provide additional comfort. For ease of navigation, all electronics have been upgraded as well.
Exterior styling and interior enhancements came from Rouvia Road Yacht Design & Construction in the Philippines, while naval architecture by OY Laivateollisuus, drafted to RINA class specifications, ensure that the boat can handle myriad conditions.
Olivia offers accommodations for up to 10 guests in five luxurious suites with crew quarters for up to 22, which guarantees that everyone aboard will be well served.