USCG icebreaker Healy suffers fire, propulsion failure

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that its polar icebreaker Healy (WAGB-20) suffered a fire in one of its main propulsion motors Aug. 18 while underway for operations in the Arctic. No injuries

Atomflot orders new nuclear icebreaker

Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation reports that its subsidiary FSUE Atomflot, the world’s only operator of nuclear powered icebreakers, has signed a contract with shipbuilder Zvezda LLC for construction of a new

Is this how to make almost any tug an icebreaker?

A new Finnish initiative would enable any ice strengthened vessel to be used for icebreaking, using a motorized removable bow powered by Danfoss Editron. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency has launched a

VT Halter Marine wins Polar Security Cutter contract

VT Halter Marine Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., has been awarded a $745,940,860 contract for the detail design and construction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Polar Security Cutter (PSC) (formerly the Heavy Polar

Thordon SeaThigor shaft seals gain first icebreaker reference

Thordon Bearings has received a Canadian Coast Guard contract to supply six SeaThigor shaft seals for retrofit installations on three icebreakers. The 5,910 grt CCGS Pierre Radisson and sister ships CCGS Amundsen

Polar icebreaker Healy arrives at Vigor to start $7.3 million overhaul

JANUARY 24, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker, Healy (WAGB-20), has arrived at Vigor’s Seattle, WA, shipyard for maintenance. The $7.3 million contract includes sea valve renewal and overhaul, bow

Finnish icebreaker season begins with Christmas Day departure

DECEMBER 26, 2018 — The Finnish icebreaking season kicked off yesterday, Christmas Day, as Arctia’s converted polar icebreaker Otso departed the icebreaker base in Helsinki at 18:00 local time. The vessel headed

Damen Galati floats out Australia’s new icebreaker

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 — Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania, has floated out Australia’s new icebreaker, the 160 m long Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) RSV Nuyina. The carefully executed procedure was achieved by

GAO: Coast Guard’s icebreaker plan faces risks in four key areas

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 — The $9.8 billion Coast Guard and Navy plan to build and maintain three heavy polar icebreakers faces risks in four key areas, according to a GAO report issued

Viking Supply confirms sale of icebreaking AHTS trio to Canada

AUGUST 13, 2018 — Confirming the identities of the three vessels that Chantier Davie, Lévis, Quebec, is to convert to icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard (see earlier story) Viking Supply Ships