Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Starts Hull Assembly of Icebreaker Project 21900M

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has begun the construction of the next icebreaker of project 21900M.

By placing the first block into the drydock, the shipyard last week started works on the hull assembly of the third vessel. The vessel will measure 119.8 m in length and 27.5 m in breadth. Its four main diesel generator sets have the total power of 27 MW. The total propulsion power is 18 MW provided by two full-circle azimuth thrusters.

The main tasks of the vessel will be icebreaking and assisting heavy-tonnage vessels in ice, towing of vessels and other floating structures in ice and open water. The vessel will also be used for firefighting on floating objects and other facilities, and open water and also for cargo transportation. The newbuilding will be able to operate in temperatures as cold as -40°С with the maximum icebreaking capability of 1.5m.

The vessel belongs to series of three newbuildings ordered by the Russian Ministry of Transport from Vyborg Shipyard (VSY). Two icebreakers of project 21900M are being built at the moment at VSY “on a turn-key basis”. In the construction of the third vessel from the series Arctech is acting as a subcontractor to VSY.

Delivery of the vessel is slated for the second half of 2015.

Vyborg, January 31, 2014

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