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Finland Adds the World´s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker to Fleet


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker Polaris to the Finnish Icebreaker fleet. The prototype vessel built at Helsinki Shipyard is designed to serve for at least 50 years in icebreaking, oil recovery and sea rescue operations.

The innovative design is used for the vessel’s hull form and propulsion unit arrangement. The vessel is equipped with three Azipod propulsion units rotating 360° which enables excellent maneuvering capabilities. The vessel complies with the international IMO Tier III emission standards and special requirement for Sulphur emissions in the Baltic Sea.

“Icebreaker Polaris is extremely versatile vessel what concerns her technical properties. She can operate in all ice conditions in the Baltic Sea and use in all circumstances either gas or diesel oil as fuel,” said Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. “We are proud we had this opportunity to build the vessel.”