Russian order for three icebreakers from Finland shipyard confirmed

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The Russian order for three icebreakers is worth 280 million euros for Helsinki shipyard Arctech. (Archtech Helsinki Shipyard)
The Russian order for three icebreakers is worth 280 million euros for Helsinki shipyard Arctech. (Archtech Helsinki Shipyard)
The 280 million euro deal means new shipyard jobs and additional business for the entire marine industry.

Russia’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot has ordered three ships from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. The 280 million-euro deal is significant in terms of employment and additional business for the marine industry.

The three standby and supply vessels will operate in the waters of Sakhalin’s oil and gas fields. The ships are to be delivered between September 2016 and March 2017.

”This order is very important in terms of jobs and for the whole marine industry cluster,” says Arctech Helsinki Shipyard’s director Esko Mustamäki.

Sakhalin is Russia’s largest island and is located between Japan and Mainland Russia.

Related stories from around the North:

Asia:  Full steam ahead for Asian icebreakers in the Arctic this summer, Blog by Mia Bennett

Canada: Canada’s Arctic patrol ships – A $250M mystery, CBC News

Finland: New Finland icebreaker can operate sideways with asymmetrical hull, Yle News

Russia: Russia, icebreakers and Arctic identity, Blog by Mia Bennett

Sweden: Swedish icebreakers gear up for Arctic role, Radio Sweden

United States: Hearing on U.S. Policy in the Arctic – ‘Let Russia do it for us…’?, Eye on the Arctic

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