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Finland launches new icebreaker concept

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency recently launched a new icebreaker concept vessel named as "Calypso", equipped with a hybrid motorized removable bow. Powered by Danfoss Editron, the icebreaker is currently moored in Mustola harbor in Lappeenranta, while has started operating on Lake Saimaa and the deep waterways of the surrounding area this winter. As explained, the removable bow, the world’s largest motorized of its kind, has been delivered by Turku Repair Yard as part of the Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II project. In fact, the €7.6 million scheme, co-funded by the EU Connecting Europe Facility program, aims to develop and enhance the maritime winter navigation system and its safety during the winter. This new kind of removable bow will make the whole industry more efficient and sustainable, as it will enable virtually any kind of tug to become an icebreaker ship. Our EDITRON system is easily adaptable for future optimizations and we are eager to learn more about our supercapacitor’s ability to control the peak powers. ...as Kari Savolainen, Project Manager at Danfoss Editron, commented. One of its key targets was the creation of a motorized icebreaking removable bow concept, which would enable ice-strengthened vessels to be used ...

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Finland, Sweden ink agreement for next-gen icebreakers

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) and the Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket) inked a cooperation agreement for the design of the next generation of icebreakers. It is reported that the design of the icebreakers will be conducted as a joint project. However, the partners have only discussed about the design of the icebreakers and not about the possible construction of the icebreakers.

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