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A Welcome Icebreaker

Posted on October 24, 2011

Wärtsilä will supply two Finnish icebreakers with catalytic converters designed to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, as well as convert the ships to use Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel.

The contract, from Finland-based Arctia Offshore Oy, was signed in September. The turnkey project involves the fitting of combined Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR) and Oxidation Catalysts (OXI) to the MSV Fennica and MSV Nordica, both of which are multi-functional vessels based on a modified icebreaker design.

When this conversion work is completed, the vessels will fulfill the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emission requirements for operating in the Arctic Ocean. This opens up the possibility for Arctia Offshore to participate in arctic oil exploration projects in an environmentally sustainable manner, Wärtsilä said.

The work will involve fitting the combined Wärtsilä NOR/OXI converters to each of the eight engines that drive the two vessels. The installation schedule is divided into two parts, with the first set scheduled for completion by the end of December, and the second set by the end of April 2012.

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