Assessing how the ship will act under arctic conditions, the company's design team went to the ice testing facility Aker Arctic in Helsinki, Finland and tested a seven meter model through water with artificial ice.
The cold combined with troublesome ice ridges, put extreme demands on the hull and propellers of the ship.We tested the vessel’s capability to follow and break out from a channel in extreme ice conditions and ability to penetrate thick ice ridges. We are happy with the results which gives us good confidence in the design we have.
...said Carl-Johan Söder, Naval Architect at Wallenius Marine.
For the records, the RoRo icebreaker's steel cutting is expected until spring 2020, while it is under construction in CIMC Raffles shipyard in China.
Responsible for the vessel's building is Wallenius Marine on behalf of the owner. During 2021, the new mega RoRo is estimated to be sailing at the Baltic Sea.
Concluding, the initiative came under the "WALLENIUS SOL" mission which aims to create an environmentally smart and efficient infrastructure for Finnish and Swedish industry in the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. In fact, the mission is a partnership between Wallenius Marine, its sister company, Wallenius Lines and Swedish Orient Line, SOL.