Estonian icebreaker Botnica sets off for the Canadian Arctic
On June 27, the icebreaker Botnica with 17 crew members on board headed for the Canadian Arctic
AS Tallinna Sadam's subsidiary OÜ TS Shipping has received confirmation from the Canadian company Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation that the Estonian ferry Botnica will be chartered.
According to the press service of Tallinna Sadam, the Botnica ferry operated in the Arctic latitudes in Northern Canada for the two previous years, escorting ships carrying ore exported from the port of Milne Inlet.
According to the chairman of the board of TS Shipping, Hulo Eero, the Canadian partner highly appreciated the work of the Estonian sailors and extended the charter of the icebreaker this year, from the end of June to the end of October.
A 2018 freight contract with a Canadian partner is valid until 2022, but must be re-confirmed by the partner every year. Baffinland Iron Mines LP is a Canadian iron ore company that mines iron ore in Baffin Land in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Icebreaker technical characteristics:
Total capacity 15 MW;
Operating capacity 10 MW;
Class 3 dynamic positioning system according to IMO MSC / Circ. 645;
Accommodation for 72 crew members;
800 m² aft deck;
Underwater working crane with a lifting capacity of 160 tons.