The icebreaker “Arktika” will be launched to water in 2019
9:11 22 февраля 2017
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The beginning of exploitation of the Russian lead universal nuclear-powered icebreaker “Arktika” is planned for the end of June of 2019. This information was given by the head of Atomflot Vyacheslav Ruksha on the sitting of the committee on shipbuilding industry and marine equipment of the union of machine builders.
Now “Baltic Shipyard – Shipbuilding”, according to the contract with Rosatomflot, is building three nuclear-powered projects 22220 – the lead icebreaker “Arktika”, “Sibir” and “Ural”. They will become the biggest and the most powerful nuclear-powered icebreakers in the world. The body of “Arktika” was launched to water last June. It is planned to complete its construction this year. According to the words of Vyacheslav Ruksha, it is planned to start exploitation of “Sibir” and “Ural” in 2020 and 2021, as RIA “Novosti” informs.
The nuclear-powered icebreakers of the project 22220 can support caravans of ships in arctic conditions, breaking ice with the thickness up to 3 meters. The new ships will provide support of vessels transporting hydrocarbon raw materials from extractive fields of the Yamal Peninsula and the Gydan Peninsula, the shelf of the Kara Sea to markets of countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The dual-draft construction of the ships will allow using them both in arctic waters and in mouths of polar rivers.