A leader in Arctic offshore and supply vessels

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A leader in Arctic offshore and supply vessels


The state-of-the-art arctic offshore vessel Vitus Bering in Saint Petersburg, Russia in January 2013.

As a permanent member of the Arctic Council and one of eight countries with territory extending beyond the 66th parallel north, Finland has a vested interest in the Arctic region. Helsinki has a long history of building Arctic Ocean-going vessels and through innovation and technology, the tradition continues today.

Helsinki’s shipyard has delivered sixty per cent of the world’s icebreakers in operation and is home to Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc., a joint venture between STX Finland Oy and Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation.

“We are a world leader in the development of technological innovations for Arctic Ocean icebreakers and special offshore vessels,” says Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech. Research and development and material and production technology are crucial to delivering vessels which can withstand the harsh Arctic conditions. In the offshore industry, the latest icebreaking vessels are often built to perform additional tasks such as oil recovery.

“We recently delivered ahead of schedule two multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels to Sovcomflot in Russia,” explains Mustamäki. “The vessels were built for the Sakhalin-1 Arkutun-Dagi gas field in Far East Russia and will serve as supply vessels for Exxon Neftegas’ platform. The vessels will supply the gas production platform while protecting the installation from ice sheets.”

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‘As we move forward, we intend to secure orders from Asian customers.’

Esko Mustamäki,
Managing Director,

The company is building two vessels for the Russian Ministry of Transport. The first is a 16 megawatt icebreaker able to withstand temperatures as low as -40°c. The second is the NB-508, an emergency and rescue icebreaker. In addition to being used in icebreaking operations, this vessel is equipped with a highly advanced oil recovery system and is capable of emergency towing of vessels and floating facilities.

“Russia’s interests in the Arctic region and huge offshore oil and gas industry continue to drive the growth of our business,” says Mustamäki. “As we move forward, we intend to secure orders from Asian customers. As a maritime hub, Singapore continues to express an interest in the Arctic region and we can offer our expertise and knowledge of the industry to customers.”

With the Northern Sea Route across the Arctic shortening trade routes and the region’s rich mineral wealth, the international maritime and offshore industries continue to look north.

“Arctic icebreaking is in our DNA,” says Mustamäki. “We are committed to delivering first-class vessels and as Asian and Singaporean companies pursue interests in the Arctic region, we are in a strong position to be their partner of choice.”

The Company


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc.

Arctic shipbuilding technology

Our Location:

Laivakatu 1, 00150 Helsinki