First oblique icebreaking vessel approaching competionVessel & ROV News // April 14, 2014
The first oblique icebreaking vessel, a multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport, is close to completion at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
The vessel, Baltika, will be used in icebreaking, rescue and oil combatting operations in the Gulf of Finland.
The vessel is being built at Helsinki shipyard as a result of many years of development work. It has an asymmetric hull, built-in oil recovery system and three fully azimuthing thrusters which allow it to operate efficiently sideways, astern and ahead.
In the oblique mode the vessel will be able to generate a 50m wide channel in 0.6m thick ice.
Baltika is the first icebreaker ever that can break a channel twice her own breadth, which increases the cost-effectiveness of the operation.
The design of the vessel is based on ARC 100 concept, which has been developed by Aker Arctic Technology.
“The icebreaking emergency and rescue vessel has been on the sea trials and the functionality of the vessel has been assured regarding manoeuvrability, sideways icebreaking mode and the new type of oil recovery system among other things. We are extremely satisfied with the features of the vessel and convinced that the multifunctional Baltika will secure the seaborne transports in the Gulf of Finland,” said Esko Mustamäki, managing director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
After the vessel is delivered, she will be used in the Gulf of Finland in icebreaking, rescue and oil spill response operations. The advanced oil recovery system on the vessel is also suitable for operation in heavy waves when oil recovery is particularly challenging. The vessel measures 76.4m in length with a breadth of 20.5m.
Three main diesel generators have a total power of 9MW and the total propulsion power is 7.5MW.