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Part of the Arctia fleet, the new vessel began icebreaking operations on 9 January and took on around 700 cubic metres of LNG at the Skangas facility yesterday.

The Polaris is the first icebreaker in the world capable of running on LNG and ultra-low sulphur diesel.

According to a statement from Arctia, before the vessel called at the Pori terminal to refuel, it had been bunkered with 1,000 cubic metres (cbm) of LNG at Katajanokka, Helsinki.

According to Simo Haaslahti of Arctia, who is onboard the Polaris, ‘Polaris arrived at Uto through the archipelago of Turku Pori Tahkoluoto. The Pori terminal is located along the deep and wide fairway, so the terminal was easy to access and we stayed on schedule.

‘At the terminal we loaded up additional provisions as well as nearly 700 cbm of LNG as fuel.’

Juha Kannisto, Polaris’s chief engineer, added: ‘Now the tanks are full and our trip to the Gulf of Bothnia can go ahead and we can get down to the business of icebreaking missions.’

The Polaris is the eighth in Arctia’s current fleet of icebreakers. Construction of the dual-fuelled vessel has been co-financed by the European Union’s TENT-T programme.

As reported by Bunkerspot, on 4 January the Tallink-operated new ferry, Megastar, was bunkered with LNG for the first time at the Skangas Pori LNG terminal.

EUROPE: First LNG bunkering operation at Pori terminal

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