The nuclear-powered icebreaker “Ural” was launched to water
11:37 27 мая 2019
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The ceremony of launching to water of the second serial universal nuclear-powered icebreaker “Ural” of the project 22220 took place in Saint Petersburg. It is being built by the Baltic Shipyard on the order of the state corporation “Rosatom”. The unique dual-draft structure of the ship will allow it to work effectively on the open sea areas and in mouths of polar rivers.
Before “Ural” came down from the slipway into the water, Archpriest Bogdan Soiko, the rector of St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral of the Epiphany conducted the ceremony of consecration of the vessel, and the chairperson of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina traditionally broke a bottle of champagne against the board of the nuclear-powered icebreaker, as the office for communication of Rosatomflot informs.
Building of the lead universal nuclear-powered icebreaker “Arktika” and the first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of the project 22220 “Sibir” is being continued in Saint Petersburg.
According to the deputy director general of ROSATOM, the director for the Northern Sea Route Directorate under the state corporation “Rosatom” Vyacheslav Ruksha, it is impossible to imagine development of the Northern Sea Route without the modern nuclear-powered icebreaking fleet. As he notes, it is important that the decision was taken on conclusion of the contract for building of the third and the fourth serial nuclear-powered icebreakers. “We are waiting for the beginning of construction of the nuclear-powered icebreaker “Leader”. After its appearing it will be possible to speak about year-round navigation on the Northern Sea Route”.
Unlike the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the project 22220 “Arktika” and “Sibir”, the icebreaker “Ural” was produced with the already installed two-reactor power plant with the main source of steam from the reactor plant of the new generation RITM-200. Its technical parameters allow increasing the operation time of the nuclear-powered icebreaker without recharging up to 7 years or more.
According to the director general of “Atomflot” Mustafa Kashka, the universal nuclear-powered icebreakers of the project 22220 are highly automated vessels. Special attention is paid to issues of safety as well as in construction of the previous nuclear-powered icebreakers. Each reactor on the nuclear-powered vessels of the project 22220 is placed in its autonomic protective shell and ensures operation of the power plant at the required power level, regardless of the state of the other reactor. It guarantees maximum protection for the crew and the environment, as Mustafa Kashka notes.
According to the information given on the website of the Baltic Shipyard, work on completion of the nuclear-powered ship on the water is ahead, the deadline for delivery of the order is in August of 2022.