This Enormous New Icebreaker Ship Is Flat-Out Incredible

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This is concept art for an extraordinary new icebreaking ship currently under construction at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Commissioned by the Finnish government, it will be able to smash its way through 1.2 meters of ice, creating a 25-meter wide channel.


The ship's engines will be capable of running on low-sulfur diesel fuel, as well as liquified natural gas. That makes it fairly eco-friendly.

According to George Backwell at Maritime Reporter:

While the main purpose of the vessel is icebreaking, it will independently be able to perform oil spill response operations and emergency towing under demanding conditions both in winter and summer. The vessel will, therefore, operate all year round to ensure safe seaborne transports in the Baltic Sea.

"The new icebreaker features the highest technology and will be built especially to operate in the demanding winter conditions of the northernmost Baltic Sea. By being able to use LNG fuel, the vessel will be the most environmentally friendly icebreaker ever built," says Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

Read more at Maritime Reporter



U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Stari s able to break through ice up to 21 feet (6.4 m) thick by backing and ramming, and can steam continuously through 6 feet (1.8 m) of ice at 3 knots (6 km/h).

We need more of these...btw