During the winter months, the coastal waters around Finland, Sweden and Estonia are covered with ice. Alfons Håkans’ tugs are contracted by the harbour authorities in various ports to keep the berths clear from ice when ships enter or leave the ports.
Additionally, Alfons Håkans and our subsidiary Finntugs Ltd have a contract with the Finnish and Swedish governments to assist in icebreaking thus securing winter navigation for merchant shipping.
Alfons Håkans is also active in towing vessels which have been disabled in the ice. The entire fleet of Alfons Håkans tugs are specially designed for icebreaking operations.