New icebreaker moves sideways to create wider clearing

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RT.com. An innovative, asymmetrical icebreaker is undergoing final tests in the Baltic Sea. The first of its kind, the ‘oblique icebreaker’ Baltika can crash through ice while moving forward sideways to make a wider ice clearing for larger vessels.

“The icebreaker, only 20 meters wide, can make a 50-meter wide passage in the ice, enough for a big tanker, thanks to its capacity of operating with up to a 30° sideway angle.”

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