Built as a tug/supply vessel under yard No 208 by Chantiers de l’Atlantico yard in Santander for Campina-Hispano-Americano de Offshore S.A., Santander, Spain.
Launched as the SOMIEDO.
Tonnage 599 grt, 791 dwt, dim. 41.2 x 11.6 x 5.08m., draught 6.10m.
Powered by two 16-cyl. AESA/Sulzer diesel engines, 7,744 hp, twin shafts, speed 13.5 knots.
1981 Sold to the Spanish Navy.
30 July 1981 commissioned and renamed LAS PALMAS (A-52).
Under navy command got a crew of 36.
Used by the navy as a rescue and maritime patrol vessel for pollution of the Spanish coastal waters.
1988 Was she converted to an Antarctic research vessel, was ice strengthened, and fitted out with a modern satellite communication system.
Fitted on deck three containers one used as a reefer store.
Accommodation for 36 crew and 20 scientists.
She was the first Spanish ship that participated in scientific missions in Antarctica.
1989 She rescued the crew of the Argentinean ARA BAHIA PARAISO (B-1) which went aground in the Bismarck Strait, Antarctic on 28 January 1989.
1999 Underwent modification work to comply with the environmental protection as given in the Antarctic Treaty.
27 November 2006 the Russian passengership LYOBOV ORLOVA ran aground on Deception Island, she was towed off by the LAS PALMAS, after which the LYOBOV ORLOVO under her own steam proceeded to Ushuaia.
Every year during the Southern summer she proceeds to the Antarctic waters for the transport of scientific and technical personnel from Argentina and Chile to the two Spanish Antarctic bases.
2013 In service.
Spain 1991 55p sg3139, scott2666.
Source: Marine News. Log Book. Watercraft Philately