It will not only be powered by a hybrid propulsion system, but it will actually become the largest and most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker ever built in Finland.
This will be a high ice-class vessel (class notation 8, of the Russian Maritime Register/RMRS), capable of breaking 6.5 feet (2 meters) of ice that’s covered with snow. In addition to breaking channels, it will also be able to transport various types of cargo, and it has a built-in helipad for helicopter operations. In terms of power, it will integrate a dual-fuel diesel-electric power plant.
Dual-fuel means that it can use either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or low-sulfur diesel, both of which are considered low-emissions alternatives to conventional maritime fuel.
This future eco-friendly vessel will have an important mission. It has to break a channel in the Yenisei River that’s located in Siberia, and one of the largest rivers in Asia, for the Nornickel Arctic Expresses. Plus, it will tow an additional fleet of cargo ships with a total freight weight of 20,000 tons. The vessel’s home port will be Murmansk, a seaport that’s about 125 miles (200 km) north of the Arctic Circle, and its operating area will extend to the Yenisei Bay and the Kara sea.
Construction work on the new icebreaker is due to start this year, but it won’t be a short journey to completion, as Finland’s largest eco-friendly arctic vessel won’t be ready earlier than 2025.