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World’s first LNG powered icebreaker starts operations

31 Jan 2018

The world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered icebreaker Polaris is scheduled to start operations after receiving LNG bunkers at Tahkoluoto, Pori, says Finland state-owned icebreaking services firm Arctia.

“The crew is very excited to begin icebreaking duty after a long summer and autumn. First we will bunker 700 cubic meters of LNG in Pori,” said Pasi Järvelin, Master of Polaris.

“Then we’ll join IB Kontio and IB Otso assisting traffic in the Bothnian Bay.”

The icebreaker Kontio, and Otso respectively departed on 18 December 2017 and 9 January 2018 to assist vessels in the Bothnian Bay.

The Polaris runs on both marine diesel and LNG.

Photo credit: Arctia
Published: 31 January, 2018

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