Arctech Helsinki Shipyard marked Christmas Day with the delivery of the Baltic Sea icebreaker Murmansk at Vyborg Shipyard in Russia.
Murmansk is the second in a series of three diesel-electric icebreakers ordered by Rosmorport and the Russian Ministry of Transport in 2012. The basic design of the vessel and purchasing of major components was provided by Vyborg Shipyard, while Arctech Helsinki was responsible for the construction, outfitting and testing of the vessel.
The main tasks of the Murmansk will be icebreaking and assisting of heavy-tonnage vessels in ice conditions, towing of vessels and other floating structures year-round in ice and open water, fire fighting, salvage, and cargo transport, primarily in the Baltic Sea and in some cases the Arctic region.
The vessel is able to operate in temperatures as cold as -40°C and the maximum icebreaking capability is 1.5 meter thick. The icebreaker will measure 119.8 m in length and 27.5 m in breadth.