Icebreaker Polaris towards the Bothnian Bay

Arctia’s icebreaker Polaris departed the icebreaker base in Helsinki as the Finnish icebreaking season’s third icebreaker on Tuesday 15 January 2019. IB Polaris will first head to Tahkoluoto in Pori to bunker Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Once the tanks are full, the Polaris will head to northern Bay of Bothnia and begin assisting vessels.

Icebreaker Otso that departed on 25 December 2018, and icebreaker Kontio that departed on 29 December 2018, already assist vessels in the Bothnian Bay. Both icebreakers will move southwards as the Polaris begins assisting traffic in the Kemi-Tornio region.

Icebreaker Polaris assisting a vessel in the Bothnian Bay in March 2018. Photo: Flying Focus and Arctia Ltd.

Arctia’s icebreaker Polaris is the first icebreaker in the world capable of running on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and ultra-low-sulphur diesel. The use of LNG significantly reduces carbon, sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions, making IB Polaris also the most environmentally friendly diesel electric icebreaker in the world. IB Polaris is also the first icebreaker to have an in-built oil recovery system. The system enables IB Polaris to collect 1015 m³ of oil with a rate of 200 m³ per hour in harsh weather conditions.

Polaris has received funding from the EU’s TEN-T programme.


Eero Hokkanen

Communications Manager, Arctia Ltd.

tel. +358 46 876 7140

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