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25.10.2021 DIBB awarded in Tugtechnology 2021 conference
The ILS designed motorized detachable icebreaking bow (DIBB) has today won the award for Innovation of the Year in Tugtechnology 2021 conference, London.

Innovation of the Year award is traditionally awarded to an innovative product, system or service which is considered to have made a significant impact on the design, build or operational aspects of tugs in service.

ILS' CEO, Kristian Lehtonen says, ”This award is a great acknowledgement for us, and for the Finnish maritime industry. DIBB is the newest development in Finnish state-of-the-art ice technology, and it is the outcome of close cooperation between many organizations. The project is a good example of Finnish innovative spirit.”

ILS has patented the novel icebreaker principle, which is based on the reamer area propulsion, and will continue marketing the DIBB solution worldwide.

Tugtechnology is the tugboat sector’s premier technical gathering, attracting hundreds of leading technological experts, executive decision-makers and innovators.

20.5.2021 ILS and Vard Marine announce a collaborative teaming agreement
ILS and Vard Marine Inc. are delighted to announce an agreement to work together to develop design solutions for the global icebreaker market and to address the challenges of ice-capable shipping worldwide. The two companies are world-leaders in this highly specialized field, with an extensive combined design portfolio and an impressive client base. Together, we are uniquely positioned to help shipbuilders, ship owners and operators in developing fit-for-purpose and sustainable vessel designs for both public and private sectors projects.

One area of cooperation will be the further development and implementation of ILS’ patented Detachable IceBreaking Bow (DIBB) in new markets.

While the agreement is new, both companies have long respected each other’s corporate cultures and achievements. Most recently Vard Marine has developed the conversion designs for the Canadian Coast Guard’s Medium Icebreakers (MIBs) from an original ILS hull design. These ships are now some of the Coast Guard’s most powerful and effective assets.

Read more: vardmarine.com/vard-marine-and-ils-oy-announce-teaming-agreement/


28.11.2020 Consulting & modification design commissions
Finnish Border Guard handed over the decommissioned patrol ship Merikarhu to the Joint Authority of Education of Kotka-Hamina Region Group (Ekami) on November 13, 2020. We consulted Ekami during the ownership change negotiations, and currently we are conducting modification design for the vessel, which will be reclassified as special purpose training ship.

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/news


27.11.2020 Ro-Ro Passenger Vessel modification
We assisted RMR Oy Merirakenne in modification design of ro-ro passenger vessel, M/S Tuuli.

31.8.2019 Self-propelled icebreaker bow launched
The world´s first self-propelled removable icebreaker bow was launched on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Turku Repair Yard Ltd, Naantali, Finland. The outfitting work of the bow will continue at the yard, and required modifications to the pusher tug, Alfons Håkans AS owned “Calypso”, will be conducted. The bow and the pusher will then be connected for sea trials. The combination will get to work in Saimaa Lake area this upcoming winter. ILS developed the concept as a partner in the EU CEF funded Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II (WINMOS II) Action, and also conducted the basic design of the bow.

Read more: www.ils.fi/references/self-propelled_icebreaking_bow


22.4.2019 IB "Vityaz" delivered to Viking Ships Services
The ILS designed harbor icebreaker / escort tug ”Vityaz” was successfully delivered by the shipyard, Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industries CO Ltd, China, to the Russian ship owner Viking Ships Services, in mid-April, 2019. The vessel will be deployed in the Russian Far East.

Read more: www.ils.fi/references/harbor_icebreaker_escort_tug


25.1.2019 Manifold commissions
We have lately conducted repair and modification designs for several vessels, including Government of Åland owned archipelago ferry “Viggen”, which is originally our design. Recently we have, along with our longer lasting classification design projects, conducted also ice technology consulting commissions, feasibility studies, inclining experiments, bollard pull tests, and stability, power and strength analyses, for esteemed customers in Finland and abroad.

Read more: www.ils.fi/references/icebreaking_archipelago_ferry_6


29.10.2018 ILS conducting bollard pull testing
In October, we conducted bollard pull testing of Arctia Karhu Oy’s tugboat Ulla in the Port of Kemi, and bollard pull testing of Meritaito Oy’s buoy-laying vessels MSV Seili and MSV Letto in the Turku archipelago.

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/galleries?group=20


28.2.2018 ILS designed self-propelled icebreaking bow to be built by Turku Repair Yard Ltd
The Finnish Transport Agency and Turku Repair Yard Ltd have signed a contract on the construction of ILS designed self-propelled removable icebreaking bow. ILS developed the concept as a partner in the EU CEF funded Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II (WINMOS II) Action, which aims to ensure safe and reliable winter traffic in a cost efficient way by developing the winter navigation system and ensuring sufficient icebreaking capacity.

Last week ILS was contracted by Turku Repair Yard Ltd to carry out the classification design of the removable bow. This commission is the ILS project number 999.

Turku, Finland based ship owner Alfons Håkans AS was earlier awarded by the Finnish Transport Agency a 10-year contract to conduct inland waterway icebreaking in Lake Saimaa area with its tugboat Calypso and the removable bow.

15.2.2018 ILS designing an icebreaking tug for Viking Ships Services
Russian ship owner Viking Ships Services has been awarded a contract to build and operate a new icebreaking tug in Russian Far East winning the international competition with a tender based on an ILS icebreaking escort tug concept. The vessel will be built by Jiagsu Dajin Heavy Industries CO Ltd shipyard in Yangzhong, China, and the delivery will be early 2019. At the moment ILS is conducting basic design for the shipyard.

The vessel shall be able to keep the harbour channel, turning basin and berthing basins free of ice. An extensive model test program was carried out to ascertain the vessel performance in open water and ice conditions.

29.11.2017 Pansio class mid-life upgrade complete
The Mid-Life Upgrade program for three Pansio class inshore minelayers of the Finnish Defence Forces was completed, as the third and final upgraded ship, Pyhäranta, was delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command. ILS conducted ship technical design work in this project first for the prime contractor, Atlas Elektronik Finland, and then for the shipyard, UKI Workboat Ltd.

In the beginning of the 1990’s, ILS conducted the conceptual, basic and detailed design of this vessel class as a co-owner of Olkiluoto Shipyard (in partnership with Aslemetals Oy), where the vessels were built.

Read more: www.ils.fi/references/minelayer_transport_ferry


14.8.2017 New 3D visualizations in galleries section
More information about our recent activities, including new 3D illustrations, can be found in the galleries section or directly by clicking on the link below. To discuss more about these projects, please contact us!

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/galleries?group=14


16.7.2016 Aranda modernization design underway
We have started the design work of the 2017-18 basic repair of Research Vessel Aranda. The vessel, owned by Finnish Environment Institute, will be throughly modernized. Special emphasis is placed on the vessel´s energy efficiency and on cutting emissions.

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/galleries?group=18


12.7.2016 Navy minelayer converted into a commercial survey vessel
Finnish Navy´s ex-flagship Pohjanmaa has been converted into a commercial survey vessel by Western Shipyard, Finland. The conversion design was done by ILS. The vessel´s owner, Meritaito Ltd, has been contracted for a major survey project in Barents Sea by Norwegian Mapping Authority Hydrographic Service, and the vessel is deployed in the project immediately. The vessel was renamed Pohjanmeri.

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/galleries?group=17


23.3.2016 Multi-role geophysical and hydrographic survey vessel
Meritaito Ltd won the Mareano bathymetry surveying contract put out for competitive bidding by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, a division of the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

ILS is conducting the conversion design of Meritaito´s buoy tender MSV Letto for the project. The vessel is converted into a multi-role geophysical and hydrographic survey vessel.

Read more: http://www.seahow.fi/news/meritaito-won-the-bid-for-the-mareano-hydrographic-surveying-project-in-norway.html


15.3.2016 IB Ahto full scale ice trials
We conducted IB Ahto´s full scale ice trials in the Bay of Bothnia. Photos in the link below!

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/galleries?group=16


7.5.2015 IB Ahto escort trials
We conducted IB Ahto´s escort trials in the Bay of Bothnia last week, 27.-28.4.2015.

Check out our gallery for more photos!

Read more: www.ils.fi/EN/galleries?group=15


6.5.2014 Commuter ferry Otava launched
The new FinFerries commuter vessel built by UKI Workboat shipyard, Finland, was launched and named Otava on April 28th, 2014. The modern multipurpose vessel can also be deployed in oil recovery duties, and it is designed for the challenging ice conditions of the eastern Gulf of Finland and Kotka archipelago. The commissions of ILS Ltd included the project design and classification drawings.

Read more: www.finferries.fi/lauttaliikenne/lauttapaikat-ja-aikataulut/kotka-pyhtaa.html


1.4.2014 New tugboat under construction
The newest ILS design, a combined escort tug and harbour icebreaker ordered by Arctia Karhu Oy, is currently under construction at the UKI Workboat Shipyard, Finland. The hull of the vessel was built at Riga Shipyard, Latvia, and it was towed to Finland for outfitting in the end of March. The 40-meter vessel will be commissioned in autumn 2014.

Read more: www.arctia.fi


1.1.2014 3D visualizations
New 3D visualizations illustrating our concepts are now on display in the galleries section of our website.

Read more: www.ils.fi/newsite/EN/galleries?group=14


15.10.2013 Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea
We are one of the participants in the EU funded research project WINMOS (Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea). Click on the link below to view the project’s promotional video on Youtube.

Read more: www.winmos.eu


16.4.2013 ILS to design the new Finnish icebreaker with Aker Arctic
The Finnish Transport Agency has today signed a new state icebreakers of the design contract to Aker Arctic Technology Oy. Aker Arctic in cooperation with the ILS Oy will be to design a ship and to draw up a competition for the construction of the necessary technical documentation, to meet the ships performance, and to assist the Agency to traffic later in the autumn of the ongoing negotiations on the dock.
The acquisition of a new icebreaker, the Government has already made a decision in principle and the construction of the winter of 2016, is reserved for EUR 125 million. The new icebreaker ice-breaking capacity must fully comply with the minimum of Urho-class icebreakers and it is able to diesel-electric machinery to run without stopping for about 1.6 m level ice thickness and to 6 knots 25 meters wide launders 1.2 m ice thickness, as well as to reach the waters of the Baltic Sea average 9 - 11 knots speed assistance. Draft of the vessel with full fuel stocks will be up to 8 m, allowing all
operation and assistance on the main roads. Open water, the ship speed will be at least 16 knots
The new icebreaker outfitted in addition to oil spill response, and it has to do emergency towing tasks in the Baltic Sea 95% of the time, as well as the prevailing open water and ice conditions. Oil collecting must be able to perform at least 2 meters significant wave height conditions, and 95% of the time in the Baltic Sea in the prevailing wind conditions. Oil collecting tanks and recovered oil heating capacity will be at least 1500 m3, respectively, of the amounts collected. The vessel is planned 50-year life cycle, and the icebreakers will be accommodations for a total of 24 people in situations of oil spill response operations further occupation of reference.

27.3.2013 Brage Viking full scale ice trials in the Gulf of Bothnia
We conducted ATHS Brage Viking's full scale ice trials in the Gulf of Bothnia 19.-21.2.2013. Tests were performed in different ice conditions to define the icegoing capabilities of the vessel. The tests performed included going ahead and astern in level ice and channel, turning circle tests and ice ridge penetration.

The Viking Supply Ships owned vessel has open water bulbous bow which can break ice by bending ice upwards when bow draught is selected suitably.