When whales became trapped under Arctic ice, no U.S. icebreakers were available to help free them and two Soviet icebreakers had to be called upon instead. The publicity that this generated regarding the Coast Guard's shortage of icebreakers makes it likely that the Coast Guard's plans for a 460 ft. ship able to crack ice 4-1/2 feet thick will finally come to fruition. The planned icebreaker will complement the Coast Guard's existing 399-foot sister ship icebreakers, the POLAR STAR and POLAR SEA, and its five 140-foot icebreakers that are suitable only for Great Lakes duties. The design of the new vessel is likely to incorporate Finnish technology because of Wartsila's knowhow in icebreakers. The actual construction of the new Coast Guard icebreaker, however, will be carried out at a U.S. shipyard.

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  • Publication Date: 1989-1

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  • Accession Number: 00656887
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM