Finland orders new icebreaker design package
The Finnish Transport Agency has contracted Aker Arctic Technology to design a new icebreaker to replace the oldest vessel in the Finnish Government fleet.
Aker Arctic will join forces with ILS to produce the basic design and prepare tender documents in order to place a contract for building the ship by the end of 2013. The Government has earmarked €125 million euro for the project, which it hopes will be completed by winter 2016.
The ship will employ diesel-electric machinery, allowing it to move continuously through about 1.6 m thick level ice, breaking a 25m wide channel in 1.2m thick ice at 6 knots. The icebreaker will be equipped for emergency towing operations and oil spill response, and for these duties a 9-11 knots speed capability has been specified, with open water maximum speed of at least 16 knots. The vessel will be able to collect spilled oil at significant wave height up to at least 2m, and 95% of the time in the wind conditions prevailing in the Baltic Sea. Recovered oil capacity will be at least 1500 m³. A maximum 8m draught with full fuel tanks will enable the ship to operate and assist other vessels on all major sea routes in the area.
The vessel will be designed for 50 years of service life, and the icebreaker will have accommodation in total for 24 persons, with reserve for additional crew during oil spill response operations.
The ordered design materials should be completed so as to make it possible to complete the tender for construction of the icebreaker by end of 2013.
”The Finnish foreign trade is fully dependent on an efficient winter navigation. Our oldest icebreaker Voima is already 60 years old, and it is important that after a 15-year long gap we are able to renew our icebreaker fleet. Due to the new technology, our goal is to improve the level of icebreaker services and to ensure the competitiveness of our exports", said Antti Vehviläinen, director general, Finnish Transport Agency.
”This new design of the Finnish icebreaker will give us a significant reference for the growing international Arctic markets and thanks to it we can show that the Finnish icebreaking technology continues having the top ranks in the world. During next summer we can assure in advance the performance capacity of the new icebreaker by means of ice model tests”, said Mikko Niini, managing director of Aker Arctic.
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