Giant Whirling Ice Smashers

abb azipods icebreaker
Image: ABB

The Finnish Transport Agency’s new 19MW icebreaker ordered from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard this past February will be outfitted with three of ABB’s heavy duty Azipods according to a press release today.  A single 6MW unit will be located at the bow and two 6.5MW units at the stern.

The cost of the new vessel is € 123 million (including € 24 million in European Union grants), and it is expected to be delivered in early 2016 with an expected service life of 50 years, according to Aker Arctic.

”The Finnish foreign trade is fully dependent on efficient winter navigation,” commented Antti Vehvila?inen, Director General, Finnish Transport Agency.  “Our oldest icebreaker Voima is already sixty years old, and it is important that after a fifteen-year long gap we are able to renew our icebreaker fleet. Due to the new technology, our goal is to improve the new level of icebreaker services and to ensure the competitiveness of our exports.”

 

The ship itself will be powered by both LNG and conventional marine bunkers, however the engine manufacturer has not been announced yet.