The heavy Icebreaker, Deep-Sea Drilling, and Multi-Purpose Research Vessel, the Aurora Borealis, designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design will be the most advanced Polar Research Vessel in the world, and used to support climate/environmental research.
- Operational temperature limit: full functional capability to -50°C, working capacity +45°C to -30°C
- Dynamic positioning: in drifting level ice of up to 2.5 m thickness and in open water
- Icebreaking capacity: 2.5 m multi-year ice with 3 kn
The new technological features will include dynamic positioning in closed sea-ice cover, advanced ice-forecasting and management, with autonomous, multiple helicopter support and the deployment and operation of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) from the twin moon-pools.