MSV Nordica icebreaker

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MSV Nordica icebreaker Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSV Nordica icebreaker

Year built 1994  /  Age : 23
Flag state Finland
Builder Aker Finnyards (Rauma shipyard, Finland)
Class Finnish diesel icebreaker
Owner Arctia Shipping Oy
Speed 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 116 m / 381 ft
Beam (width) 26 m / 85 ft
Gross Tonnage 9392 gt
Passengers 29
Crew 48
Decks 4

Review of MSV Nordica icebreaker

MS Nordica is Finnish icebreaking vessel owned and operated by Arctia Shipping (a Finnish state-owned company). "MSV" stands for "multipurpose supply vessel". One of Finland's icebreaker ships, Nordica is a platform supply vessel specifically designed to serve offshore oil / gas platforms and other offshore construction projects. Occasionally (during winter), the ship also assists and escorts marine vessels in Baltic Sea. As an icebreaker, the ship can perform repeated ramming of ice ridges.MSV Nordica icebreaker ship

Det Norske Veritas classified the ship as "1A1 POLAR-10 Icebreaker Tug Supply Vessel". Ice class POLAR-10 signifies a hull strengthened for unassisted operations in the polar regions (Arctic Ocean and Antarctica). According to specifications, the ship's ice-breaking capacity is up to 1 m (3 ft) in conditions including glacial ice floes.

MSV Nordica was ordered in June 1992 and entered service in January 1994, following its sister-ship Fennica (launched in 1993). Back then was decided that Finland's multipurpose icebreaking ships would be privately chartered for offshore operations for the good half of each year (during Baltic Sea's ice-free period). During winter months, these vessels were planned to serve as shipping escorts.

Initially, the exclusive chartering right for both icebreakers was given to the company DSND Offshore. In 2002, it was transferred to Subsea 7 (Luxembourg-registered company specializing in subsea services, engineering and construction). The exclusive right was held by Subsea 7 until 2004, when the Finnish Maritime Administration was reorganized. After 2004, the icebreaker's ownership and management was transferred to Finstaship (state-owned company). Later, these were transferred to GDV Maritime AS (Finstaship merging with Norway-based partners). In the following period 2005-2010, this icebreaker was operated as offshore supply vessel and not as escort.

Nordica icebreaker vessel details

For better maneuverability, the ship's hull at the bow is wider in comparison to its stern section. The hull also features an explosion-welded ice belt (made of stainless steel) for reducing friction and protecting the steel plates from abrasion.

To assist offshore constructions, the ship is equipped with a Hydralift heavy-lift crane. The crane's capacity is up to 30 tons (with max radius 11 m / 36 ft) or 15 tons (max radius 20 m / 66 ft). The ship additionally has a MacGregor crane with lifting capacity 5 tons (max radius 14 m / 46 ft) or 1,5 tons (max radius 30 m / 98 ft).

Before the 2012 refit, Nordica also had a helicopter hangar (now replaced with a helipad). The ship's equipment also include a 120-ton A-frame structure (for ploughs and trenching machines), Aquamaster-Rauma anchor, hydraulic towing winch and a stern notch (for towing smaller vessels through ice fields).MSV Nordica icebreaker ship design

  • With the same design is the ship MSV Fennica and is similar to MSV Botnica.
  • The list of other Finnish icebreakers also includes (in brackets - year built): Polaris (2016), Kontio (1987), Otso (1986), Sampo (1960), Sisu (1976), Urho (1975).
  • In late November 2014, the Finland's "Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy" released an official statement regarding the country's aging icebreaking fleet. According to the statement, Arctia Shipping's old fleet will be fully replaced with new icebreakers by the year 2029. The project's overall cost is approx EURO 1 billion. The new vessels (like Polaris) must be multipurpose icebreakers (including for Arctic oil explorations).
  • The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, no swimming pool, no elevator, 1 helipad (helicopter deck).
  • Max Draught: 8,5 m (28 ft)
  • DWT Deadweight tonnage: 1650-4800 tons
  • Displacement tonnage: 12800 tons
  • Bollard pull (emergency towing capacity) 234 tons
  • Power: 2x Wartsila 16V32D diesel engines (each 6 MW power output), 2x Wartsila 12V32D diesel engines (each 4,5 MW output)
  • Propulsion: Diesel-electric, 2x Aquamaster azimuth thrusters (ABB Stromberg motors, each 7,5 MW output, with ducted fixed-pitch propellers); 3 Brunvoll bow thrusters (each 1,15 MW output, with variable-pitch propellers).

Note: In case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.

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