Russian ship owner Viking Ships Services has been awarded a contract to build and operate a new icebreaking tug in Russian Far East winning the international competition with a tender based on an ILS icebreaking escort tug concept. The vessel will be built by Jiagsu Dajin Heavy Industries CO Ltd shipyard in Yangzhong, China, and the delivery will be early 2019. At the moment ILS is conducting basic design for the shipyard.
The vessel shall be able to keep the harbour channel, turning basin and berthing basins free of ice. An extensive model test program was carried out to ascertain the vessel performance in open water and ice conditions.