Russian firm wins ice-breaking tug deal

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Russia's Viking Ships Services has been awarded a contract to build and operate a new icebreaking tug in Russia's far east.

It won an international competition, with a tender based on an ILS ice-breaking escort tug concept.

The vessel, which will be used to keep the harbour channel, turning basin and berthing basins free of ice, will be built by Jiagsu Dajin Heavy Industries shipyard at Yangzhong, China.

Delivery is scheduled for early 2019.

ILS is conducting basic design for the shipyard.

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