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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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On September 4, SHI has announced that it signed a contract with Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, a new shipbuilding yard located in the Far East of Russia, for designing icebreaking LNG carriers during the 5th Eastern Economic Forum, held in Vladivostok, Russia.
This step in the right direction by Pakistani PM was immediately responded by the Indian PM positively and followed by a long awaited icebreaking development that our Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will be meeting on the side lines of the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.
The first vessel is expected to begin operations for the upcoming icebreaking season, beginning in December 2018.
Viking Supply Ships offers offshore and icebreaking services in the Arctic and sub arctic areas, as well as container feeder services between the Baltic Sea and Europe.
"We also placed an ashtray in a reception room for icebreaking talks between the two leaders, but Kim didn't."
The Route links Norilsk Nickel to domestic and international markets via a fleet of five icebreaking carriers.
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.