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Finish Icebreaker Powered by LNG Undergoes Sea Trial


Arctech announced the new Finnish LNG-powered icebreaker Polaris left on her first sea trial from the ship builder’s Helsinki Shipyard on April 22. The trial is part of the test use of the ship, which is done to assure the functionality of the vessel before delivery.

The main purpose of the vessel is icebreaking and assisting of vessels in ice conditions, but the ship will also be able to perform oil spill response operations, emergency towing and rescue operations under demanding conditions at open sea all year round. It has also been designed for 50 years of service life.

By using LNG as its fuel, Polaris will lower emissions and operation costs. Arctech says the Polaris will be the most environmentally friendly icebreaker in the world.