Innovative icebreaking concepts for winter navigation

The objective of the ICEWIN project is to find out what benefits can be attained in the level of service of icebreaking assistance, in logistics and especially in oil transports, and with regard to environmental emissions and risks, by a) adopting the new technical solutions, and/or b) utilising the new type of agreement system. 

The new technical solutions may be the innovations that are alone capable of breaking a sufficient wide channel also for overwide merchant vessels, e.g. oil tankers. The technical solutions have already been completed but not introduced yet. 

The new agreement system to be developed would be based on the utilization of icebreaking capability of independently ice-going merchant vessels. 

It is important that jointly accepted rules could be enforced for cases where the capacity of conventional icebreakers is not sufficient.

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