The latest in a series of three icebreakers being built for the Russian Ministry of Transport was launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard today.

Murmansk is 119.8m long, features four main diesel generator sets with a total power of 27 MW, and has a total propulsion power of 17.4 MW from two full-circle azimuth thrusters. Its main tasks are icebreaking and helping heavy-tonnage vessels in ice, towing of vessels and other floating structures both in ice and open water. For this, it has a maximum icebreaking capability of 1.5m and can operate in temperatures as cold as -40°С.

“Icebreaker Murmansk, which was launched today, is of an icebreaker type in the Russian icebreaker renewal program intended both for the Baltic Sea as well as Arctic conditions,” said Esko Mustamäki, managing director, Arctech Helsinki.

The vessel will also be used for firefighting on floating objects and other facilities, assisting vessels in distress in ice and open water and cargo transportation.

This vessel is one of six icebreaking vessels currently being built by Arctech. It’s also building what is said to be the world´s first LNG-powered icebreaker for the Finnish Transport Agency, and an icebreaking supply vessel for the Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. In early summer 2014, Arctech received an additional order of three icebreaking stand-by vessels.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery later this year.