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‘Queen Silvia’ set to ply the Neckar
Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:08

After two years of planning and eight months of construction the 59-metre long, 11-metre beam vessel MS ‘Queen Silvia’ was christened on May 7, 2016 and is now in service. Built to replace an ageing fleet ‘Queen Silvia’ is the first new ship on the Neckar river, Germany, for 47 years.

River tour company Weisse Flotte Heidelberg commissioned the new passenger ship that is approved for 600 passengers and features wheelchair access to all decks. It is longer and wider than current passenger ships that work on the Neckar. Equipped with a performance stage ‘Queen Silvia’ will also be suitable for cultural events.

LNG-powered icebreaker ‘Polaris’ a “world first”

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the new vessel ‘Polaris’ to the Finnish Transport Agency on September 28, 2016. The prototype vessel is designed to serve for at least 50 years in icebreaking, oil recovery and sea rescue operations.

“Icebreaker Polaris is an extremely versatile vessel. She can operate in all ice conditions in the Baltic Sea and in all circumstances use either gas or diesel oil as fuel,” commented Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Esko Mustamäki.


The 110-metre, 3,000-tonne deadweight PC4-ice-class ‘Polaris’ will feature a top speed of 17 knots and operate with an eight-metre draught.

The vessel is able to use either liquefied natural gas or low sulphur diesel oil as fuel. The vessel complies with Lloyds Register and the international IMO Tier III emission standards and special requirement for sulphur emissions in the Baltic Sea.

‘Polaris’ is equipped with three Azipod propulsion units rotating 360-degrees, which enhances manoeuvrability. The drive units are powered by two 6,000kW and two 4,500kW engines. The icebreaking capacity is 1.8 metres at speed of 3.5 knots.

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