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MS Marco Polo
|Propulsion:||Sulzer diesels, twin screw|
Named for poet Alexandr Pushkin, the ship was built by Mathias-Thiesen Werft in Wismar, and launched in 1965. Alexandr Pushkin was operated by the Baltic Shipping Company of the Soviet Union, offering Leningrad-Montreal service, and also used for charters.
Laid up in 1990 to 1991, Pushkin was sold to Orient Lines, who had her rebuilt under the supervision of Knud Hansen and renamed her to Marco Polo, after the explorer and writer Marco Polo. Strongly built for service in Arctic waters, the Marco Polo's usual itinerary includes Antarctica from December to February, the Amazon River up to Manaus in March, the Mediterranean in April and May, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea from June to August, then moving southwards again.
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