Three Finnish icebreakers return to service after being repaired at Turku Repair Yard

Tue 21 Sep 2021 02:10:00 PM EEST

Finnish icebreaker fleet of Arctia Ltd prepares for winter navigation and icebreaker support in advance. In early September Turku Repair Yard launched a small "flotilla" of ships of the Finnish state-owned company Arctia Ltd - icebreakers Voima, Otso and Polaris – after repairs.

On the world's oldest operating icebreaker Voima, in addition to the routine repairs, a set of operations was carried out to maintain the vessel's operability: full overhaul of stern StB and PS propeller shafts, dismantling/mounting of intermediate shafts, thrust bearings and propellers, propeller shafts withdrawal and Cederwall sealing renewal.

Icebreaker Polaris arrived at Turku Repair Yard for drydocking in mid-August. It is the most powerful icebreaker ever to sail under the Finnish flag. Built in 2016, the vessel is the first environmentally friendly dual-fuel icebreaker powered by low-sulphur marine diesel and LNG.  Vessel has outstanding manoeuvrability thanks to two aft and one forward Azipod thrusters which underwent full overhaul.

The icebreaker Otso underwent a small repair of the underwater part, and now the vessel is ready for winter navigation.

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Picture: Turku Repair Yard