South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) has built the biggest commercial arctic ice-breaking vessel in the world.
Hyundai said that the final performance test for the 190,000dwt icebreaking ore carrier were completed at the Institute for Ocean Technology in Canada.
The icebreaker will have a length of 310m and breadth of 51m and will be able to navigate at a speed of 6kt (11km/h) while breaking the 1.7m thick ice of the Canadian frozen sea.
The vessel will be able to carry twice as much cargo as any existing ice-breaking commercial ship and can also move two times faster with 5% increased fuel efficiency.
The ship will have a dual propulsion system equipped with two ring-type propellers to increase mobility.