This jointly procured design project was a continuation of extensive and close icebreaker cooperation between Finland and Sweden. In the process to design the new generation of icebreakers, the emphasis was on finding solutions to maintain the service level as the operating environment changes. The size of merchant vessels entering Finnish and Swedish ports is increasing, and increasing environmental requirements gradually reduce the engine power of the vessels. The increase in the size of the vessels that need assistance and the weakening of their abilities to handle ice-covered waters make it difficult for vessels to pass through ice masses in challenging ice conditions in the Baltic Sea, which increases the need for assistance.
The icebreaker concept was designed by Aker Arctic Technology Oy. The value of the design project was approximately EUR 3.7 million. Neither Finland nor Sweden have made a decision on building new icebreakers yet.
Juuso Kummala, Division Director, Infrastructure Access and Information tel. +358 29 534 3548