Fɪɴʟᴀɴᴅ’s geographic location makes it challenging for vessels trying to enter its harbor facilities during the winter. Thus, icebreakers play a crucial role in the country’s maritime affairs by enabling continuous transportation. The history of sophisticated and recognizable ice-breaking vessels in Fɪɴʟᴀɴᴅ can be traced back to the mid-20th century, when the Karhu classification of icebreakers rose to enormous fame in the marine world due to their operational efficacy. However, the Otso icebreaker ship revolutionized the idea of ice-breaking in Fɪɴʟᴀɴᴅ since it combined operating effectiveness with a high level of fuel consumption sustainability.
In order to effectively replace the Karhu ice-breaking ships, the Finnish maritime authority commissioned the Otso ice-breaking vessel in the early 1980s. Otso, the first ship of its kind with a similar name, entered service in 1986.
Otso is roughly 100 meters long, has an eight-meter draught, and a width of somewhat more than 24 meters. On the other hand, the Otso’s speed is a noteworthy aspect of its technical specifications, enabling the vessel to execute deeper ice-breaking operations than earlier versions of ice-breaker vessels.
In order to minimize harm to the marine environment in the case of an ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ, fuel tanks are strategically positioned in the middle of the ship. The ship has a streamlined frame with smaller proportions than previous icebreaker ships to boost its capacity to break through ice. The number of crew personnel on board has been significantly reduced as a result of automated navigational systems.
Let’s take a look at Otso IceBreaker Ship in the video below:
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