Baltika icebreaker traveling sideways

The Russian-owned Baltika icebreaker traveling sideways through the frozen ice, although smaller than a normal icebreaker, is carving a larger path. Debuting in early 2014.

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Baltik is rolling and crush Instead of smashing ice, can crack through ice about 2 feet thick, which makes it suitable for the Arctic sea ice and wide enough (160-foot path) for commercial ships to follow.

Project manager Mika Willberg, said:

“You would conventionally need two icebreakers to make the same channel,”

Baltika icebreaker traveling sideways

Water and fuel are pumped between tanks so the ship doesn’t roll over.

 

via wired