Finland plans new oil spill/icebreaker vessel

Offshore staff

TURKU, Finland – The Finnish Transport Agency has contracted Aker Arctic Technology to design a new icebreaker vessel for the Finnish government.

In co-operation with ILS, Aker Arctic will also prepare technical documents needed to arrange the tender for the vessel’s construction, take responsibility for the vessel’s performance, and assist the Transport Agency with shipyard negotiations this fall.

The government has set aside $162 million for construction of the new vessel by winter 2016. Among other duties, it will be equipped for oil spill response operations and will perform emergency towing missions 95% of the time in the open water and ice conditions prevailing in the Baltic Sea.

The vessel will be able to collect spill oil at significant wave heights of up to 2 m (6.5 ft), and 95% of the time in the wind conditions prevailing in the Baltic Sea. It will include tanks and heating capacities for at least 1,500 cu m (52,972 cu ft) of recovered oil.

Design life of the vessel will be 50 years, with accommodation for 24 personnel and others for oil spill response operations.

4/23/2013

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