Tor Viking

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  • Tor Viking (2000–2003)
  • Tor Viking II (2003–2017)
  • Tor Viking (2017–present)
Port of registry:
Ordered: 1 October 1998[2]
Builder: Havyard Leirvik A.S., Leirvik, Norway[2]
Yard number: 282[2]
Laid down: 1 January 1999[2]
Launched: 20 November 1999[2]
Completed: 1 March 2000[2]
Status: In service
General characteristics [2]
Type: Icebreaker/AHTS
Length: 83.7 m (275 ft)
Beam: 18 m (59 ft)
  • 6.5 m (21 ft) (icebreaking)
  • 7.242 m (24 ft) (maximum)
Depth: 8.5 m (28 ft)
Ice class: DNV ICE-10 Icebreaker
Installed power:
  • 2 × MaK 8M32 (2 × 3,840 kW)
  • 2 × MaK 6M32 (2 × 2,880 kW)[3]
Propulsion: Two ducted controllable pitch propellers
  • 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) (maximum)
  • 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) (service)[3]
Crew: 23

Tor Viking is an icebreaker and anchor handling tug[4][5] owned and operated by Norwegian company Trans Viking, but registered in Sweden. She has two sister ships, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking.[6] She has been employed supplying offshore Arctic petroleum drilling expedition.

In late January 2010 the Swedish Maritime Administration called for Vidar Viking and Tor Viking to serve as icebreakers in the Baltic Sea.[7] The vessels are chartered on a contingency bases; Trans Viking's parent company, Transatlantic, is paid a basic flat fee for the vessels to be available, within ten days, without regard to whether they are used. They were used in 2007. The contract expired in 2015.

Since 2016, Davie Shipbuilding has offered Tor Viking and her sister ships together with the US-flagged Aiviq to the Canadian Coast Guard as a replacement for the ageing Canadian icebreakers.[8]

On 10 August 2018, Viking Supply Ships announced the sale of three icebreaking, anchor-handling tugs, Tor Viking, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking to Canada.[9] Once retrofitted the vessels will be issued to the Canadian Coast Guard.[10] They are expected to be used for 15 to 25 years.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Tor Viking (9199646)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Balder Viking (21804)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tor Viking (9199646)". Sea-web. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ "AHTS/Icebreaker Vidar Viking – Main Characteristics". Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Vidar Viking". Arctic Logistics Information And Support. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Balder Viking". Arctic Logistics Information And Support. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  7. ^ "TransAtlantic's icebreakers are called in for icebreaking in Baltic Sea". PR Inside. 29 January 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. TransAtlantic has a long-term contract with the SMA, which entails that the vessels must be available during the first quarter of the year as required and within ten days for icebreaking in the Baltic Sea. In return, Transatlantic receives an annual basic fee, regardless of whether icebreaking is conducted or not. If icebreaking is conducted, the fee is increased. The contract expires in 2015, with an option to extend for an additional 15 years.
  8. ^ Project Resolute. Davie Shipbuilding. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Viking Supply Ships". Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Canada Buys Commercial Icebreakers for its Coast Guard". Maritime Executive. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018. On Monday, Norwegian harsh-environment OSV operator Viking Supply Ships announced that it has sold three icebreaking anchor handlers to the government of Canada, which will retrofit them for use by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).
  11. ^ "Canada to Use Interim Icebreakers for Around 20 Years". Maritime Executive. 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2018-10-24. The Canadian Press reports that there are no immediate plans to replace the Coast Guard's existing vessels which are on average more than 35 years old.

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