TASS Russian news agency
“The first serial Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir has left the Baltic Shipyard’s outfitting quay and headed for the Gulf of Finland, where the running trials will begin,” the press office said.
During the next three weeks, shipyard specialists together with the contractors’ representatives will test the icebreaker’s mechanisms and equipment.
The specialists will hold a set of tests, checking the ship’s steam turbine plant, electric propulsion system, and the anchor and steering control. They will also test the icebreaker’s speed and maneuverability, as well as other general ship and automation systems.
The Sibir versatile nuclear-powered icebreaker is the first serial Project 22220 ship being built by the Baltic Shipyard. It was laid down on May 26, 2015 and launched on September 22, 2017. The icebreaker is planned to be delivered to the customer by the yearend.
Project 22220 ships are the biggest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. Their task is to ensure year-round navigation in the Arctic’s western part. They will make up the mainstay of Russia’s civil icebreaker fleet in the imminent future.