The Finnish authorities did not give the local shipyard Helsinki Shipyard Oy an export license to build an icebreaker for the Russian company Norilsk Nickel.
Without a license, the icebreaker manufacturer cannot obtain the necessary parts from suppliers who fear sanctions.
The day before, Ravil Nasybullov, Director of the Logistics Department at Norilsk Nickel, said that the construction of the icebreaker had stopped due to the refusal of a number of companies to supply rudder propellers, engines and LNG equipment for it.. To resolve this issue, the Helsinki Shipyard requested an export license from the Foreign Ministry, but was denied.
Norilsk Nickel ordered the construction of an icebreaker powered by LNG and low sulfur diesel in January this year. The ship was to be built by the winter season of 2025. The Finnish shipyard received guarantees from Bank Saint Petersburg under a contract for 76.8 million euros.
Helsinki Shipyard Oy is owned by the AHL holding, owned by Rishat Bautdinov and Vladimir Kasyanenko, who manage Russia's largest cruise operator Vodokhod through their structures. From 2014 to 2019, the shipyard was owned by the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Nine icebreaking vessels were built on it, including one of Norilsk Nickel's container ships.