Finnish, Russian Cos to Develop New Oil Spill Combat Icebreaker

The Finnish companies STX Finland, Aker Arctic Technology, Southeast Trading, and the Russian companies Sovcomflot and FSUE Rosmorport have signed a cooperation agreement, with the purpose of developing and building a new type of oil spill combat icebreaker for Sovcomflot. The new innovative type of vessel is a major breakthrough in the icebreaking technology and for the protection of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, this will represent a big step forward in strengthening the Finnish-Russian cooperation in the field of shipbuilding.

This multipurpose vessel, having an asymmetrical hull that is based on the icebreaking technology developed by Aker Arctic Technology, will be able to use an innovative sideway movement to collect the oil in demanding ice conditions, as well as to break a broad ice band effectively. The vessel will also be able to solve independently support, escorting and towing tasks also for large tankers in the Baltic Sea. The vessel that is equipped with three rudder propeller devices, and is about 67 meters long and about 19 meters wide, will also be able to solve a wide range of other towing and rescue tasks.

STX Finland is a shipbuilding company that specializes in building special-purpose icebreaking and ice-class vessels and has a long history of cooperation with the Russian maritime industry. The company's shipyards have during the last century delivered approximately 2500 ships to Russia / Soviet Union.

"The cooperation agreement now concluded is an important indicator of the powers of the traditional Russian-Finnish cooperation 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, the President of STX Finland.