The Finnish icebreaker Polaris, 10,961gt, refuelled with LNG for the first time at the country’s largest LNG terminal in Roytta harbour on Feb 2.
The diesel-electric icebreaker joined the fleet of Finland’s icebreaker operator Artica in September, 2016.
“This is the third winter in the demanding icy conditions of the northern Baltic Sea for the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. The Polaris has met our expectations with flying colours,” said Markus Karjalainen, head of the Winter Navigation Unit of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA).
The FTIA is responsible for Finland’s icebreaking services and for making sure that the country’s harbours can be accessed throughout the year.
Mr Karjalainen said Tornio’s new LNG terminal enables increased use of LNG in the Bay of Bothnia. Until now, the northernmost suitable terminal was located in port too far away from the Polaris’ operating area so she had to rely mainly on diesel.