New Powerful Icebreaker Under Construction At Gotaverken Arendal

Gotaverken Arendal (GVA) of Gothenburg, Sweden, is constructing a new, powerful 4,850- ton icebreaker for the Swedish Board of Navigation, which will be able to plow through six-foot ice.

The new 24,500-hp icebreaker, the Oden II, will be 353-1/2 feet long, with a maximum beam of 96-1/2 feet and draft of 23 to 28 feet. She will be equipped with four medium-speed diesels, which will drive two controllable-pitch nozzled propellers through reduction gearing, for a top speed of 17 knots in open water.

The Oden II will be able to clear a channel through ice from 5-1/2 to 6 feet thick. This, plus the vessel's ability to ram ice at full speed and penetrate some of the largest ice ridges, will give her performance characteristics similar to some of the most powerful U.S. and Canadian icebreakers.

Through an agreement with Dome Petroleum/ Canmar of Canada, GVA was able to incorporate Canadian know-how and experience along with their own into the construction of the vessel.

The Oden II is expected to be delivered in October 1988, a year after her keel was laid.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 37,  Aug 1988

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