Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the world’s first icebreaking vessel fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) at its Okpo shipyard in Geoje, South Gyeongsang.

The vessel is one of the 15 ships ordered by a group of companies including Sovcomflot, MOL, Teekay and Dynagas.

The icebreaker will be deployed to Russia’sYamal project, a $30bn natural gas development project.

SCF Yamal is 200m long and 50m wide, and has a capacity to carry 170,000 cubic meters of liquefied gas.

"The icebreaker will be deployed to Russia’sYamal project, a $30bn natural gas development project."

The first Arc 7 ice-classed LNG carrier can break its way through ice as thick as 2.1m.

While the traditional ice breakers break ice by exerting weight on it the new series from Daewoo is said it make it smoother.

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The hull section is made of ultra-high strength special steel plates, which can withstand combat extreme polar temperatures of minus 52 degrees.

The vessel is propelled with Ford Pulsar Pro (POD Propulser) and three azimuth stern thrusters manufactured by ABB.

Internal and external hot-wire devices in the hull insulate the ship from cold bite.

Image: The SCF Yamal. Photo: courtesy of DSME Co. Ltd.