Icebreaking forms part of Finnish fairway infrastructure

Icebreakers ensure the availability and safety of shipping lanes on Finland's coastal waters in the winter.

The fleet of icebreakers of the state-owned Arctia Ltd. has grown to eight vessels at the beginning of the 2016-17 winter navigation season. The newest member, Polaris is the first icebreaker in the world capable of running on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and ultra-low-sulphur diesel, making it the most environmentally friendly icebreaker in the world. It is also equipped with oil recovery equipment for open water season. 

A chain of LNG terminals is being set up along Finland's coast at ports to supply fuel for shipping and industry. The first LNG import terminal by Skangas was inaugurated at Port of Pori in 2016. Another one by Manga LNG is being built at Tornio, Röyttä Harbour, and is programmed to be opened in 2018. A third one is in planning phase at Port of HaminaKotka.

#1 Polaris

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Polaris has been built at Arctech Shipyard in Helsinki. Wärtsilä Ltd, ABB and Lamor are among the cutting edge technology providers for the construction. 

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Polaris Brochure

View from Polaris bridge

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Wärtsilä engines

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Polaris oil brush hatch

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Polaris Bridge

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Polaris crew board

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Polaris at quay in Helsinki

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Polaris stern

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