Arctech Helsinki Shipyard said Wednesday it has won a public tender from the Finnish Transport Agency for the construction of a new dual-fuel icebreaker for the Finnish government.
Arctech says the shipbuilding contract is planned to be sign by the end of this year and building of the icebreaker is expected to start in early 2014.
A contract for the design was awarded to Aker Arctic Technology in April.The vessel will be capable of operating continuously in ice up to 1.6m thick and break a 25 meter wide channel in 1.2 meter thick ice at a speed of 6 knots.
Arctech says the vessel will be powered by diesel and LNG, a step up from the diesel-electric propulsion originally announced by Aker in April.
Built for Baltic Sea operations, the vessel will also be equipped for oil spill response operations and emergency towing.