Atomflot orders $116m Vyborg icebreaker

Moscow: FSUE Atomflot is spending $116m on a new icebreaker to be built by Vyborg Shipyard in Russia. The vessel will be deployed at Sabetta, a terminal in the Yamal LNG project. The design comes from Finland’s Aker Arctic. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2018.

Stateowned Atomflot – formerly known as Murmansk Shipping Company – boasts a nuclear powered icebreaker in its fleet.

Aker Arctic and Vyborg earlier this month confirmed a contract for the design of two new icebreakers to be used in the oil terminal operated by Gazprom at Neft Novy Port in the Gulf of Ob.

Vyborg Shipyard is under the United Shipbuilding Corporation umbrella.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.


  1. This is the story of icebreakers today and yesterday including the CGC Northwind, the first ship to open the Northwest Passage in 1954.

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