Most powerful icebreaker to be built for the Arctic

Most powerful icebreaker to be built for the Arctic

July 08, 2020

The construction of the Leader project atomic icebreaker, named Russia, was launched at the Far Eastern shipyard Zvezda in Primorsky region. The shipbuilders have already cut out the first details of the hull.

It is reported that the cost of the icebreaker capable of breaking ice of four meters thick at a speed of two knots and laying a canal about 50 meters wide will be about 127 billion rubles. Moreover, its key task is to ensure year-round pilotage of the commercial fleet along the Northern Sea Route.
Experts note it will be the most powerful icebreaker in the history of world shipbuilding and will become the basis of a new generation of Russian icebreaking fleet.

The length of the Rossiya nuclear-powered icebreaker will be 210 meters, its width – 47, and its draft – 13 meters. It will be equipped with two Rhythm-400 type nuclear reactors, four turbines and four propeller motors. The total capacity of the icebreaker power plants will be 120 MW.

Russia has the world’s only nuclear icebreaker fleet. The demand for the Northern Sea Route development capacities has now increased: new deposits are being developed in the polar latitudes, and personnel is attracted to the Arctic. On the Northern Sea Route, tourist routes are becoming more and more popular.

Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: the Zvezda shipbuilding complex external communications group

July 08, 2020

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