Two anti-flood linear icebreakers Ocelot and Tarpan, built at the Remontowa Shipbuilding SA shipyard to order from the State Water Management Company Wody Polskie – Regionalny Zarząd Gospodarki Wodnej in Szczecin, are now ready to perform their functions.
Both icebreakers – Ocelot and Tarpan left the shipyard on 26th August 2021 starting their first, probably the longest journey from Gdansk to the home port Szczecin – Podjuchy, which they reached on 10th September 2021.
The voyage in difficult weather conditions was an excellent test of the efficiency and reliability of the propulsion and other ship’s systems, ensuring safety and efficient operation.
Upon arrival in Szczecin, the crew were trained in the operation and maintenance of the engine room, radio navigation systems and onboard equipment.
17 September this year saw the official handing over to the Ordering Party of the currently most modern icebreakers in Poland. The delivery and acceptance documents were signed on behalf of RZGW in Szczecin by the contract engineer Mr. Wojciech Grześkowiak, on behalf of Remontowa Shipbuilding – by the project manager Mr. Tomasz Sulkowski.
Ocelot and Tarpan will take part in the next icebreaking operation on the Oder River during Polish-German icebreaking action replacing two now more than 50 years old vessels.
The construction of the icebreakers was partly financed by the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020 under the Cohesion Fund.