The shipyard ”Helsingfors Skeppsdocka” was established in 1865 in Helsinki.


“Hietalahden Sulkutelakka ja Konepaja” started its operation in the shipyard in 1894.


The building of icebreakers started in Helsinki. The first icebreaker Mercator was built.


Wärtsilä became the new owner of the shipyard.


GTS Finnjet, the worlds first cruiseferry powered by gas turbines was built in Helsinki. At the time of her delivery, she was the fastest, longest and largest car ferry in the world.


Masa-Yards was founded in 1989 and the company started its operation in Helsinki shipyard. In the middle of the nineties Kvaerner purchased Masa-Yards and Kvaerner Masa-Yards was born. In the nineties tens of luxury cruise ships were built for Carnival. At the latest Carnival Miracle in 2004.


Kvaerner Masa-Yards merged with Aker Finnyards in 2004 and the company started operating as Aker Finnyards Oy. In 2006 the company changed its name to Aker Yards, and in 2009 the shipyard was sold to STX Europe. In the 21st century the Helsinki shipyard has concentrated on building car ferries and icebreaking vessels as the size of the cruise ships became so large, that their production was transferred to Turku, where the shipyard facilites are more suitable.


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy was established in December 2010 as STX Finland Oy and Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) signed a joint venture agreement. A week later the Russian maritime shipping company Sovcomflot ordered two multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels from Arctech.


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered first of the two icebreaking supply vessels for the Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. The vessel called Vitus Bering was built for Sakhalin-1 Arkutun-Dagi oil and gas field to supply production platform and to protect it from the ice. Sister vessel Aleksey Chirikov was delivered in April 2013.


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard built the first oblique icebreaker in the world. The multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel Baltika can also operate efficiently sideways generating extra wide channel in ice.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard changed to 100 % Russian ownership as United Shipbuilding Corporation bought the other half of the company shares from STX Finland Oy.


Helsinki Shipyard is celebrating the 150th anniversary.


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At Arctech we design and implement products and services in the shipbuilding process ensuring health, safety, and environmental aspects.
At Arctech we are not only experienced but also the forerunner in developing and applying technological innovations.
To fulfill our customers’ expectations we cooperate with ship owners and operators to develop the best solutions.