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1. A sturdy ship built for breaking a passage through icebound waters. Also called iceboat.
2. A protective pier or dock apron used as a buffer against floating ice.
a. Something done or said to relax an unduly formal atmosphere or situation.
b. A beginning; a start.

ice′break′ing n.


(Sailing) sailing relating to a ship or boat whose purpose is to navigate ice-covered water
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GEs Marine Solutions was chosen by ASMAR Shipyards to provide the complete scope of an integrated marine propulsion system for the Chilean Navys new Antarctic icebreaking Polar Class vessel.
The Route links Norilsk Nickel to domestic and international markets via a fleet of five icebreaking carriers.
Project Resolute was developed as part of an official solicitation from the government of Canada seeking solutions to meet the country's icebreaking and oil-spill response capability requirements.
Viking Supply Ships AB, a provider of marine shipping services, offers offshore and icebreaking services in the Arctic and subarctic areas, as well as container feeder services between the Baltic Sea and Europe.
Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services, says a recent government report noted that Canada is facing a significant gap in icebreaking capability.
The O-Week includes a host of activities such as a batch photo, icebreaking sessions, Food Street, Sports Gala, Scavenger Hunt and a trip to Joyland.
Work to build 16 giant, icebreaking liquefied-natural-gas carriers that will move the commodity from the Yamal LNG project in Siberia to Europe and Asia is picking up speed, easing concerns that the development could be delayed as sanctions have crimped financing options.
Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the icebreaking has taken place while PTI General Secretary Jehangir Tareen said that issues will be resolved through dialogue.
The vessel has been designed especially for the demanding icebreaking operations in the Baltic Sea.
According to Leshkevich, the maps can "provide important information for environmental management, ice forecasting and modeling, offshore wind farm development, operational icebreaking activities in support of winter navigation, and science research.
Sydney: Passengers on a Russian research ship trapped in thick Antarctic ice faced an uncertain wait Sunday for one last icebreaking attempt with no guarantees of success.
WINMOS is a project that aims to safeguard efficient winter navigation in the European Union's northernmost fairways by protecting icebreaking resources in a medium and long-term perspective and to develop the winter navigation system as a whole in the Baltic Sea.