The world’s most powerful icebreaker for work in the Arctic was launched to water in Saint Petersburg
11:38 22 сентября 2017
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The hull of the first serial universal nuclear-powered icebreaker LK-60Ya “Siberia” of project 22220 was launched to water on the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg.
The Head of the State Vladimir Putin sent the congratulation letter, which was read by the Plenipotentiary envoy of the President in the Northwestern Federal Okrug, Nikolay Tsukanov.
“I am sure that this powerful icebreaker equipped with advanced technologies significantly will strengthen potential of the Russian nuclear-powered fleet, will contribute to solving of important multifaceted tasks in the country’s economy, to strengthening of Russia as a great sea power”, as the President said in the letter.
The hull of the icebreaker was consecrated by a priest, and then the chairperson of the Account chamber Tatyana Golikova traditionally broke a bottle of champagne against the board of “Siberia”. Employees of the shipyard cut a device that kept the hull on the slipway, and the icebreaker went down to the water of the Neva River under the applause, as RIA “Novosti” reports.
Now the shipyard will continue building of “Siberia”, it is planned to input the ship to operation in November of 2020. Also completion of building of the lead icebreaker of the project 22220 “Arktika” takes place there, it is planned to input the ship to operation in the first half of 2019. Building of the second serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of this project “Ural” is also continued, it commissioning is planned for November of 2021. These icebreakers will be the largest and the most powerful in the world. They will provide icebreaking support of ships with hydrocarbon raw materials from fields of Yamal and the shelf of the Kara Sea to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region.