By TASS Russian news agency
The trial team of the shipyard and subcontractors will check the mechanisms and equipment for three weeks in the Gulf of Finland. They will test the steam turbine, electric propulsion, shafts, anchors and steerage. Speed and maneuvering characteristics, general systems and automatics will be checked. The running trials will also test navigation and communication systems, as well as the helicopter complex.
“Innovative solutions which have never been used in a nuclear-powered vessel were implemented in the lead nuclear icebreaker. The Arktika is equipped with electric alternating-current propulsion with asynchronous electric motors. The icebreaker has high-voltage generators and a steam unit designed specifically for it. Practically all equipment is Russian-made. The running trials will test interaction of the electric motor with the nuclear power plant and the main turbo generators. We have entered the final stage of trials. The icebreaker will be handed over to the customer after return to the Baltic Shipyard. It is to become operational in 2020,”
Atomflot CEO Mustafa Kashka