MSV Nordica icebreaker

MSV Nordica icebreaker Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSV Nordica icebreaker

Year built1994  /  Age : 24
Flag state Finland
BuilderAker Finnyards (Rauma shipyard, Finland)
ClassFinnish diesel icebreaker
Building costEUR 200 million (USD 235 million)
OwnerArctia Oy
OperatorArctia Offshore Oy
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)116 m / 381 ft
Beam (width)26 m / 85 ft
Gross Tonnage9392 gt
Passengers29
Crew48
Decks4

Review of MSV Nordica icebreaker

MS Nordica is a Finnish icebreaking vessel owned and operated by Arctia Ltd (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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The shipowner Arctia Oy is a state-owned company operating Finland's icebreaker fleet. The company was established in 2010 as "Arctia Shipping Oy" and was renamed in 2016 to "Arctia Oy". Arctia Ltd serves Liikennevirasto ("Finnish Transport Agency" / abbrev FTA) during winter months. This is a Finnish government agency (annual budget EUR 1,6 billion) that maintenance all the Finland's roads, railways and waterways.

Arctia Ltd also charters the icebreaking vessels to private companies developing offshore gas-oil fields and wind farms.

Arctia Ltd has 4 subsidiaries:

  • Arctia Icebreaking (managing the conventional / older icebreakers Voima, Sisu, Urho)
  • Arctia Offshore (managing the multipurpose icebreakers Nordica, Fennica, Otso, and the newest - the LNG-powered Polaris)
  • Arctia Karhu (managing the port icebreaking / harboring and towing service in Gulf of Bothnia with the vessel Ahto)
  • Arctia Management Services (manages the oil-recovery icebreaker Kontio)
  • If necessary, all Arctia icebreakers can be equipped with oil spillage equipment.

The company's icebreaker base is at Katajanokka (Helsinki, Finland).

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