Icebreaking season ended on 26th May
The Icebreaking season 2022–2023 ended on the 26th of May, as icebreaker Kontio returned to the icebreaker base in Helsinki.
The icebreaking season was long, the first icebreaker began the season on 11th of December. Icebreakers Otso, Kontio, Polaris and Sisu assisted maritime transport in the Bay of Bothnia and the icebreaker Urho assisted merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland for about a month.
The beginning of winter was mild and quite easy for the icebreakers. At the beginning of March, the Bay of Bothnia froze over the whole sea area. Changing weather conditions and winds formed brash ice barriers that caused difficulties to merchant vessels in the Bay of Bothnia
This season, Arctia’s icebreakers operated for a total of 481 operating days. There were a total of 1 181 assisted ship voyages, 80 of which included towing. The total number of miles navigated over the course of the icebreaking season was 43 108.
Arctia would like to extend a warm thanks for the past icebreaking season to the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Traficom, Fintraffic’s VTS centers, Finnpilot’s pilots, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Swedish icebreakers as well as all merchant ships, shipping companies, shipbrokers and ports assisted by Arctia’s icebreakers as well as Arctia’s other stakeholders.
Kontio sets off for the Bay of Bothnia as the season’s first icebreaker
Arctia's icebreaker Kontio will set off from Katajanokka, Helsinki, on Thursday 23 November 2023 as the first icebreaker
Arctia has signed an agreement for international charter
Arctia Icebreaking Ltd and Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (“Baffinland“) of Canada, have signed a contract for an annual charter for the 2023 to 2025 shipping seasons.
Hydrographic survey vessels switch to lower-emission marine fuel
From June 2023, the vessels will gradually start using Neste Marine 0.1 Co-processed marine fuel, in the production of which part of the crude oil-based raw materials have been replaced by renewable raw materials.