(Good News from Finland) Arctech Helsinki Shipyard signed a contract for building of three icebreaking stand-by vessels for Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. The contract was made in May 2014 and the total value of the order is about USD 380 million.
Designing of the icebreaking stand-by vessels will start immediately and the vessels will be delivered between September 2016 and March 2017. Projects will be carried out by utilizing a strong Arctic know-how and co-operation by Finnish shipbuilders and designers.
According to Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, the order brings a lot of work to the shipyard and to the whole maritime cluster.
The vessels will be operating in thick drifting ice for ice management and icebreaking in temperatures as cold as minus 35 C°. The icebreaking capability of the stand-by vessels is extremely high; the vessels are able to proceed independently in 1.5 meter thick ice.
Article first published in Good News from Finland.