HPP assisted the Finnish Transport Agency in the public procurement process for ordering and negotiating a new icebreaker. The icebreaker will be built by Archtech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. Procurement of the icebreaker totals 123 million euros. The EU has granted the project 24 million euros, which significantly reduces the share financed by the state.
The icebreaker will feature the industry’s most advanced technology and it has been planned especially for operations in the most demanding icebreaking conditions in the Baltic Sea. The icebreaker will be able to perform oil spill response operations and emergency towing under demanding conditions at open sea both in winter and summer, and will therefore operate all year round to ensure safe seaborne transports in the Baltic Sea.
The icebreaker will be the first liquefied natural gas-powered icebreaker and its planned state of the art innovations promote Finnish arctic expertise worldwide.
The HPP team was led by partner Nora Gahmberg-Hisinger, assisted by senior associate Taru Härkönen and senior associate Markus Hamro-Drotz. ”Our role in the procurement process strenghtened our position as the leading law firm in the maritime and transportation market”, said Gahmberg-Hisinger.