New Swedish-Finnish cooperation agreement to build new icebreakers

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The Swedish Maritime Administration and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency have entered into a new cooperation agreement. The aim is to design three Swedish and two Finnish icebreakers.

New Swedish-Finnish cooperation agreement for new icebreakers<br>The Swedish Maritime Administration and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency have entered into a new cooperation agreement. The aim is to design three Swedish and two Finnish icebreakers.

“With the agreement signed, we are now starting work on developing the next generation of icebreakers. Together with our Finnish friends, we are embarking on an important design project to create new Swedish and Finnish icebreakers” says Katarina Norén, Director General of the Swedish Maritime Administration.

The Swedish Maritime Administration and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (Väylävirasto) have signed a new cooperation agreement with the aim of working together to design a total of three Swedish and two Finnish icebreakers.

“The development of the icebreaker fleet is essential to safeguard the service we provide to winter shipping. This cooperation agreement with Sweden is a continuation of the friendly cooperation on icebreakers that has been going on for many years” says Kari Wihlman, Director General of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.

The Swedish Maritime Administration currently owns five icebreakers: the Ale, the Oden, the Atle, the Frej and the Ymer. The last three of these vessels have been in operation since the 1970s and are now in need of replacement.

“Our existing state-owned icebreakers are living on borrowed time. Without an effective Swedish icebreaking service, the ports in northern Sweden could be forced to stay closed for as many as 130 days a year. This would have a serious impact on Swedish industry, because 90 percent of Swedish imports and exports travel by sea. This means that the new icebreakers are important for the whole country” says Katarina Norén.