By TASS Russian news agency
“The third serial nuclear icebreaker of project 22220 was laid in slipway A,” it said.
“It is the fourth icebreaker after the Arktika, the Sibir and the Ural. Upon the construction of the project Russia will operate the biggest group of icebreakers in the world. They are unique vessels and no other country has at least one of such icebreakers. The power plant comprises two nuclear reactors of 175 MW which ensure seven years of autonomous navigation. The icebreakers can operate in the Northern Sea Route and shallow waters of the Yenisei and the Ob Rivers, in ice and pure water,”Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov.
“The construction of a series of icebreakers confirms Russian clear leadership in the Arctic,”Deputy CEO of Rosatom nuclear agency Vyacheslav Ruksha
“We continue to build project 22220 icebreakers despite COVID-19 pandemic. The universal nuclear icebreakers help make an important step in the development of the transportation potential of the Northern Sea Route,”Atomflot CEO Mustafa Kashka.
The Baltic Shipyard signed a contract worth 100 billion rubles for the construction of two new icebreakers of project 22220 with Rosatom in August 2019. The shipyard is to build a total of five icebreakers.
Project 22220 icebreakers can break 2.8-meter thick ice. The displacement is 33450 tons, the length is 173.3 meters and the width is 34 meters. The full draft is 10.5 meters and the height is 52 meters. The speed in ice-free water is 22 knots. The two-reactor nuclear power plant RITM-200 has a 175 MW capacity. The crew comprises 74 men.