The Finnish government has put a stop to Helsinki Shipyard’s bid to build an LNG-powered icebreaker for Russian miner Norilsk Nickel.

In a one-sentence statement on its website, the shipbuilder said: “According to the information received from the ministry of foreign affairs the ministry made a negative decision in the export license matter on September 30th, 2022.”

The order was revealed in January and construction was due to start in the Finnish capital next year for delivery in 2025.

But sanctions imposed on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine have eventually put paid to the project.