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    Fennica makes for Alaska

    Vessel & ROV News // June 11, 2007

    Finstaship in Finland reports that the multi-purpose icebreaker Fennica has departed Norway for the northern coast of Alaska and is expected to arrive at Point Barrow, Alaska on June 27th.

    In Alaska, Fennica and Tor Viking II, the Norwegian icebreaker chartered by Finstahip, will provide Shell Offshore Inc with arctic offshore services.

    Since the end of the icebreaking season, Fennica has been equipped in Finland and Norway in preparation for the Alaskan charter.

    Fennica crossed the Atlantic Ocean over the northern route and pass through the Panama Canal on her way to Alaska.

    Chartered to Shell, Tor Viking II departed for Alaska from Stavanger, Norway on 15 May 2007. Tor Viking II will also sail over the northern Atlantic route, visiting first Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on the Gulf of Mexico, and then Dutch Harbour. Her estimated time of arrival at Point Barrow is early July.

    Under the terms of a three-year charter contract between Finstaship and Shell, Finstaship will charter two multi-purpose icebreakers with crews for the periods from May to December in the years 2007-2009.

    Shell will utilize the vessels towing rigs, and for anchoring and maintenance work. The vessels will also ensure safe working conditions for the rigs by managing ice floes that break off from the North Pole during the summer.

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