Services Ice breaking and towing services

In the port of Kemi, the ice breaking and towing is taken care by Arctia Karhu Ltd.

Approximately 500 vessels visit Port of Kemi yearly, the visits are distributed quite evenly throughout the year. In the North, the sea is frozen for a long period of time, it is important that the port can provide ice breaking and towing services for the vessels.

With cooperation of a reliable service provider, Port of Kemi wants to ensure year-round fluent maritime transport. In Kemi, the ice breaking and towing operations are performed by Arctia Karhu Ltd, which provides the services also in Tornio in port of Röyttä. In the Gulf of Bothnia, Arctia Karhu operates with the new harbor icebreaker M/S Ahto as well as icebreakers M/S Jääsalo and M/S Ulla.

Arctia Karhu operates mainly on water areas managed by Port of Kemi. The main sea routes maintained by the Finnish Transport Agency are operated by Arctia Icebreaking Ltd.


Usually, ice breaking and towing services are ordered by the pilot or the agent of the vessel.

All orders are done by telephone.

The regular working hours for towing and ice breaking servies (Arctia Karhu vessels) are Mon-Fri 7.30-15.30 Finnish time. Assistance outside regular working hours or during weekends and national holidays must be ordered during regular working hours.

Orders are done by phone via contact persons of Arctia Karhu. When needed, the contact persons also give more information about the ice breaking and towing services of Arctia Karhu.


Arctia Karhu’s new tariffs by vessel (valid from 1.12.2022):