Newsroom / 01.03.2024

100 years of Finnish icebreakers

March 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the first icebreaker designed and built in Finland.
Voima was a Finnish and later Soviet steam-powered icebreaker. Laid down in Tallinn in 1916 and fitted with boilers in Danzig (today Gdansk) in 1918, the unfinished hull was towed to Helsinki in 1920 and rebuilt by Sandvikens Skeppsdocka och Mekaniska Verkstads Ab in 1923–1924. After two decades of successful service in Finland, Voima was handed over to the Soviet Union as part of the war reparations in 1945.
Voima was the first state-owned icebreaker acquired by an independent Finland. She can also be considered the first state-owned icebreaker designed by Finnish naval architects and delivered by a Finnish shipyard.