The summer brought Polaris to Katajanokka

The icebreaker pier in Katajanokka has been buzzing with activity for the last few days. The world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker, IB Polaris, was moored alongside Urho on Monday, 12th of June. To prepare for Polaris, the pier was reinforced and extended with a 22-metre extension with three mooring points.

The end of the icebreaking season and summer break are keeping the crew of Polaris busy this week with preparing the icebreaker’s engines and equipment for the summer break. While the crews of conventional Baltic icebreakers are enjoying the holidays earned during the winter, Polaris is never completely empty during the summer. From Midsummer to mid-September, the vessel’s engineers will care for the ship’s equipment in shifts.

No doubt the summer holidays and, for many of the crew, the return to their hometowns will be welcome. According to Pasi Järvelin, master of IB Polaris, they will also miss out on the beautiful summer of Helsinki: ”We will be back by mid-September, however, and it will be thankfully pouring rain by then, so the return to work is relatively painless for icebreaker crews.”

There is also plenty to experience in Katajanokka during the summer, since Arctia’s icebreakers are some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and an integral part of the urban landscape and the city’s skyline. This summer, the iconic vessels Voima, Urho, Sisu, Otso and Kontio have been joined by a new star: Polaris.

MSV Nordica to Arctic Circle Assembly 2017 in Reykjavík, Iceland

  This year the Arctic Circle Assembly will be joined by truly concrete Arctic expertise as the Finnish multipurpose icebreaker MSV Nordica moors Miðbakki berth, just a stone’s throw from…

Read more

Arctic 100 Expedition on multipurpose icebreaker Nordica through the Northwest Passage in July 2017

  What is it like to spend a month on a multipurpose icebreaker sailing through the Northwest Passage? How does global warming affect the sea and ice conditions near the…

Read more

Icebreaking season 2016-2017 in the Baltic Sea ceased May 28th

The Baltic icebreaking season 2016-2017 ceased on Sunday, 28th 2017, when icebreaker Otso returned from the Bay of Bothnia to the icebreaker base in Katajanokka, Helsinki. Large moving ice masses…

Read more

Arctia strengthens its’ customer relations team

Mr. Sampo Viheriälehto, Master Mariner, has been appointed as Chartering Manager as of 22 May 2017. Mr. Viheriälehto holds a BSc in Nautical Sciences from Satakunta University of Applied Sciences….

Read more

Arctia CEO Tero Vauraste elected Chair of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC)

The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) has elected Mr. Tero Vauraste, President and CEO of Arctia Ltd., as Chair for the term 2017-2019. The AEC is an independent organization founded in…

Read more