I read in the newsletter provided by Seabrokers in Aberdeen that the well known Ice-breaking support vessel the Botnica has bee hired by "Baffinland Iron Mines" as an escort icebreaker. The ship was built in 1998 and is one of three icebreaking support vessels built in Finland, the others being the Fennica and the Nordica. The idea was that they would work in the oil business in the summer and break ice for Baltic ports in the winter. They were not a total success, but I think they have, nevertheless, continued to work. Baffinland Iron Mines will apparently ship ore from the island annually for a few months starting in July, and have overcome many obstacles to do so. 

Photo by Willi Thiel in 2013 while the ship was passing through the Keil Canal, and posted here on 2nd August 2018.

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