Deltamarin has been awarded a contract by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for the machinery and technical spaces outfitting and production design of the first LNG-powered icebreaker.

The unique vessel is to be built for the Finnish Transport Agency, and aims to reduce emissions and fuel costs by using both diesel and LNG as fuel.

The icebreaker has been planned especially for operations in challenging icebreaking conditions in the Baltic Sea. The vessel can also handle oil spill response operations and emergency towing in open sea in both winter and summer. This vessel will be delivered at the beginning of 2016.

The main dimensions will be 110 meters in overall length and 24 meters in breadth. The maximum draft will be eight meters. It will be able to move continuously through about five-foot thick ice. The service speed in open water will be 16 knots. There will be accommodations for a total of 24 persons, with reserve for additional crew in case of oil spill response operations.

The work will be carried out using the AVEVA Marine Outfitting software. Deltamarin has earlier delivered similar design packages for several icebreakers built at Arctech.

The value of the design contract is around 1.8 million euro, and the work is to be carried out over a period of 12 months.