Officials for Finnish shipbuilder Arctech Helsinki have confirmed reports that a ship is currently under construction at its shipyard that will demonstrate a revolutionary new approach to clearing ice to allow for passage. Called the Baltika, the new ship is to have an asymmetric shape that will allow it to attack ice at a 30 degree angle, creating a much wider channel than it would were it to travel straight ahead—the normal approach.
For many years, shipbuilders have been working on improving the design of ice-breakers—the better the ships are at their job, the more money to be made by their owners. Ice breakers that can forge a path though ice allow ships following them to carry cargo in the winter months. The rush to build even better ice-breakers has intensified due to reports of thinning ice due to global warming. Countries such as nearly land-locked Russia (which is supplying some of the parts for the ship) are eager to create new shipping routes to Europe. Better ice-breakers such as Baltika could make that happen.
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