Building the Baltika – the World’s First Oblique Icebreaker

Built by Arctech Helsinki for the Russian Ministry of Transport, Baltika is the world’s first icebreaker built with an asymmetrical hull which allows it to generate a 50 meter wide channel in ice 0.6 meters thick.

The 76.4 meter ship features 9 MW of installed power via Rolls-Royce engines, 7.5 MW is dedicated to the propulsion system and its three azimuthing propulsors.

The following is a video showing the construction of the vessel and its initial sea trials in March 2014.

Baltika is classed by the Russian Register of Shipping. Read more about this vessel HERE.