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    Co-operation agreement for innovative oil spill icebreaker

    Vessel & ROV News // May 28, 2010

    Russian and Finnish companies are collaborating on Sovcomflot's new vessel.

    The Finnish companies STX Finland Oy, Aker Arctic Technology Oy, Southeast Trading Oy (SET Group), and Russian companies OAO Sovcomflot and FSUE Rosmorport have signed a co-operation agreement to develop and build a new type of oil spill icebreaker for Sovcomflot, the largest Russian shipping company.

    "The new, highly innovative vessel is a major breakthrough in icebreaking technology and for the protection of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, this will represent a big step forward in strengthening the Finnish-Russian co-operation in the field of shipbuilding," said the companies in a statement.

    "This multi-purpose vessel, having an asymmetrical hull that is based on the icebreaking technology developed by Aker Arctic Technology Oy, will be able to use an innovative sideways movement to collect the oil in demanding ice conditions, as well as to break a broad ice effectively," said the statement.

    "The vessel will also be able to undertake support, escort and towing for large tankers in the Baltic Sea, independently. The vessel will be equipped with three rudderpropellers, and is about 67m long with a breadth of 19m, will also be able to undertake a range of other towing and rescue tasks."

    "The co-operation agreement now concluded is an important indicator of the  powers of the traditional Russian-Finnish co-operation within the maritime industry and is also an important milestone in the Baltic Sea environmental protection, and in strengthening the commercial and industrial ties between our countries," said Martin Landtman, President of STX Finland.


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