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The NB 508 Ice Breaking Boat Could Alter Antarctic Shipping Routes

By: Alyson Wyers - Published: Aug 7, 2013 • References: youtube and gizmodo
The NB 508 ice breaking boat is a completely different kind of icebreaker. The vessel is the first of its kind to be designed to drift sideways. The intention of the ship is to break up large sheets of ice and cut a pathway through them so other ships don't get stuck. Typically, similar icebreakers drift straight ahead.

The NB 508's has an asymmetrical hull and three rotating propulsors which 360 degree capacity that work together to allow the ice breaking boat to sail in this fashion.

The boat will enter into service in 2014. Its design opens up the opportunity for a different trade route from Europe and Asia. The shortest route has been unusable due to the thickness of the ice corridors in that area.