The world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker left the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Finland on its first set of sea trials last month to test the functionality of the vessel prior to delivery later this year.
The vessel, named Polaris, is being built for the Finnish government and will be used for icebreaking and assisting of vessels in ice conditions, as well as oil spill response operations, emergency towing, and rescue operations under demanding. It has also been designed for 50 years of service life.
Update (Sept. 28, 2016): Artctech Helsinki has just delivered the Polaris to Finland. See our story HERE.
The Polaris is powered by both low sulphur diesel and LNG as its fuel, making it the most environmentally friendly icebreaker in the world.