Russian Icebreaking Rescue Vessel to be launched by Arctech

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Arctech completed the icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel ordered by the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport. The ship will be under the control of the FGI Gosmorspassluzhba (Russian Marine Emergency Rescue Service) at Helsinki shipyard. The name of the vessel is Baltika and was built for icebreaking and rescue operations in the area of the Gulf of Finland.

The rescue vessel is built with new technology at Helsinki shipyard. Baltika is designed with an asymmetric hull, oblique shape and 360 degrees rotating propulsors. The icebreaking ship is made to move efficiently sideways. The oblique design of Baltika will allow the vessel to create 50m wide area in 0.6m thick ice. The ship benefits from the Aker Arctic Technology based on the ARC 100 concept.  

The Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Esko Mustamäki said:

"It has been great to build the first-ever sideways operating icegoing vessel. I believe this vessel will be the benchmark when developing and building innovative Arctic vessels. The icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel is technically advanced and building it has required a special knowledge"

The rescue vessel Baltika is 76.4m long and has 20.5m breadth. The maximum power available is 9 MW and the available maximum propulsion power is 7.5 MW.

The Head of the Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport Rosmorrechflot, Alexander Davydenko said about the project:

"This project is very important for Russian Federation. The building of this vessel and its future operation in the Gulf of Finland is a significant step in the co-operation between Finland and Russia"

Shipyard Yantar JSC, located in Kaliningrad, also participated in the build process.