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”The design work for the two new icebreakers for Gazprom Neft has already commenced at Aker Arctic Technology Inc and will continue for approximately nine months onwards.” The shipbuilding work for both icebreakers is to take place at Vyborg Ship- receive due compensation for each additional ship.” “ The ships will be bigger and stronger. ”It also indicates that we have the capacity to build top-notch vessels for highly demanding operating environments.” Currently, a total of 15 marine designers are working on the new design. The two new icebreakers are an MORE CAPABILITY example of a further development of the FOR ICEBREAKING previous Aker ARC 130 icebreaker design ship’s hull even before all of the design The contract for the two icebreakers is the concept that was originally developed for work has been completed at Aker Arctic,” first one agreed upon between Aker Arc- the Finnish Transport Agency. says Suojanen. tic Technology and the Russian company The new icebreaker type – Aker yard. ”Shipbuilding can start with the ”The contract also includes a clause Vyborg Shipyard JSC. Mr. Suojanen notes ARC 130 A – will utilise similar propul- for a licence agreement. If the customer that the contract will provide full employ- sion concept that consists of three azimuth wishes to construct further ships of the ment for Aker Arctic’s personnel for sev- thrusters. Two of them are located in the same type, Aker Arctic Technology will eral months onwards. stern and one in the bow of the vessel. seatec 2/2015 23