Aker Arctic Technology Inc. offers a full range of services - from turn-key ship design and construction to model and field tests, structural design, development work and theoretical studies for ice-going ships and Arctic and Antarctic shipping.
In Helsinki, the company is running the only privately owned ice model testing facility in the world and is engaged in the business of research and development services, design and testing of icebreakers and other ice-going vessels as well as structures for arctic oil and gas field operations.
In addition to model and full scale testing services, the Company offers all kinds of consulting, design and engineering services, field expeditions, training and other technology services associated with technologies and operations in icy or severely cold conditions. Ship types include icebreakers, cargo vessels and vessels for Arctic offshore operations as well as for Antarctic scientific work.
The group has more than 40 years of experience in developing and building ships for efficient operation in Arctic and Antarctic areas.
Aker Arctic's personnel has decades of experience in all aspects of shipbuilding, mechanical engineering and structural design, Arctic technology, as well as in R&D, testing and scientific related work.
The shipbuilding functions include a well established understanding of the economics governing shipping in general as well as Arctic oil and gas related transportation economics. This knowledge lays as a base for our dedvelopment work.
When needed, Aker Arctic can team up with a number of well established outside resources, ranging from shipyards, operators, to research facilities and other ice model basins.
Unique data base
Aker Arctic has an unique data base on Arctic conditions both in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, on Arctic ship performance and construction, on propulsion in ice, structural dimensioning and ice forces and loads.
The origin of Aker Arctic Technology Inc. begins with the history of Finnish icebreaker construction. Until the 1970's, icebreakers were developed and built based on experience from previous vessels, combined with full scale experimental tests. When oil company Exxon in 1969 needed assistance in its Prudhoe Bay development project, aiming at oil transportation services through the North West passage, the first ice model basin was established. Beginning with developing the icebreaking hull form for the converted tanker Manhattan, which performed successfully in the ice north of Alaska, the ice model basin continued operation under the name Wärtsilä Ice Model Basin (WIMB), part of Wärtsilä Shipbuilding. In those years, the Helsinki yard continuously built icebreakers, and, with the other yards, also built other icegoing tonnage.
A specific design and consulting department - Wärtsilä Arctic Design and Marketing (WADAM), was established in the early 1980's, working together with WIMB. In addition to in-house R&D, services included research work and consultancy tasks for outside clients ranging from ice model tests to full-scale field trials with ships and structures including ice data collection expeditions. The name Wärtsilä Arctic Research Centre (WARC) was established, in the 1980's. In mid 1980's the Arctic Technology -group took over from WADAM, this shipyard organization also being in charge of marketing of icegoing ships.
The second (in operation until end 2005) laboratory, was inaugurated in 1983. With MARC, the scientific work gained high priority, resulting in several important developments. The MARC FG (fine grain) model ice was developed, and even patented.
As the land lease arrangement for MARC reached its end, a decision to build a new, and bigger, ice model basin was made. An agreement with the city of Helsnki was reached in late 2004 to build the new facilities in the Vuosaari area, east of the centre of Helsinki, next to a new port under construction.
Aker Arctic Technology Inc. moved to the new premises in 2006 and simultaneously expanded its operation by adding to the staff the former project department of the Helsinki shipyard.