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World’s first LNG-powered icebreaker delivered

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Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has announced that it has delivered the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker to the Finnish Transport Agency. The vessel – Polaris – was then handed over to Arctia Icebreaking Oy. It will serve in icebreaking, oil recovery and sea rescue operations for a period of at least 50 years.

Polaris is capable of running on either LNG or low sulfur diesel oil, and complies with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Tier III emission standards and special requirement for sulfur emissions in the Baltic sea. It features three Azipod propulsion units that can rotate 360°, enabling first-rate manoeuvring. The vessel also has an icebreaking capacity of 1.8 m at a speed of 3.5 kt. It is 110 m long and has a breadth of 24.4 m.

Esko Mustamäki, the Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, said: “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. We are proud we had this opportunity to build the vessel that will serve the Finnish winter navigation in coming decades.”

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