This new Eco-friendly Icebreaker when launched in late 2015, it will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) -powered icebreaker in the world. Image © Wärtsilä
Built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for the Finnish Transport Agency, it will be able to move continuously through 1.6 meter thick ice, creating a 25-meter wide channel.
The boat will be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of operating on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and low sulphur diesel fuel.
Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, said:
“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.”