World’s first LNG icebreaker Polaris joined Arctia’s fleet

IB Polaris, the first LNG powered icebreaker in the world, joined Arctia’s fleet today 28 September 2016. This unique vessel is able to use both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and low sulphur diesel oil as fuel. The use of LNG significantly reduces carbon emissions, making IB Polaris also the most environmentally friendly diesel electric icebreaker in the world.

Icebreaker Polaris is a true masterpiece of Finnish shipbuilding expertise. Innovative design is used for example in the vessel’s hull form and propulsion unit arrangement. The vessel is equipped with three Azipod propulsion units rotating 360 degrees which enables excellent maneuvering qualities. The icebreaking capacity of IB Polaris is 1,8 meters at a speed of 3,5 knots. As the vessel’s orderer, the Finnish Transport Agency has received TEN-T funding from the EU for the construction of the vessel.

This most effective Finnish icebreaker begins its work in the Baltic Sea this winter. The vessel will be presented to media before the icebreaking season begins.

Photo: Arctia Ltd.

Technical details:

Length: 110 m

Breadth: 24.4 m

Draught, operational: 7 m

Speed: 17 kn

Gross Tonnage: 9300

Deadweight: 3000 t

Crew: 16 (+8)

Classification: Lloyd’s Register

Ice class: PC4

Diesel-electric propulsion

Installed power: 22 MW [main engines Wärtsilä 2x 6000 kW, 2x 4500 kW, 1x 1280 kW, dual fuel Azimuth prop. units ABB Azipod 2x 6500 kW (stern), 1 x 6000 kW (bow)]

LNG tanks: 2 x 400 m3

Oil recovery capacity: 1400 m3

Towing winch: 300 m, 110 t

Bollard pull: 214 t

Icebreaking capability: 3.5 kn / 1.8 m

Communications Manager Eero Hokkanen, Arctia Ltd.

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