Global Times is reporting completion of China’s first domestically produced Polar Icebreaker. (Their existing polar icebreaker was built in the Ukraine.)
According to Wikipedia, she was designed by Finnish firm Aker Arctic Technology. Specs are as follows.
- Polar Class 3
- Double Acting, can break ice going ahead or astern
- Displacement of 14,300 tons
- Length: 122.5 metres (402 ft)
- Beam: 22.3 metres (73 ft)
- Draft: 8.3 metres (27 ft)
- Max Speed: 15 knots
- Accommodations: 90 Passengers and crew
- Diesel-electric propulsion system, two 16-cylinder, two 12-cylinder engines, both Wärtsilä 32-series, drive through two 7.5 MW Azipods. Just under 20,000 HP
It is a lot smaller than the planned Polar Security Cutter, but it is also larger and about as powerful and almost certainly more effective than the Glacier that served the US effectively for many years.
The hull and power plant looks like something we might want for our medium icebreakers, and I note, it looks like this size could negotiate the Saint Lawrence Seaway. That would mean a similar ship could potentially operate both on the Great Lakes and support Atlantic Fleet operations if required.
Thanks to Tups for bringing this to my attention.