#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Ural will go on its first working voyage on December 3, the Day of the Russian Nuclear Icebreaker Fleet. The crew will have to work in the Ob-Yenisey region of the Kara sea. Ural is the third ship of 22220 project, built at the Baltic Shipyard.
The laying ceremony took place on July 25, 2016. Launching – May 26, 2019. The construction was carried out under the technical supervision of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
“The universal nuclear icebreaker Ural of 22220 project clearly demonstrates the country’s self-sufficiency in the technological and industrial sectors: more than 90 percent of its equipment was produced by domestic companies.
Separately, it is worth noting the AC electric propulsion system with asynchronous propulsion motors. This is the first Russian development that makes it possible to obtain a package solution for icebreaker control in any modes”, said Leonid Irlitsa, the Atomflot acting director general.
In total, five nuclear icebreakers of project 22220 will be built by Rosatom’s order. The icebreakers Arctica and Sibir have already become part of the nuclear icebreaker fleet. Now the nuclear icebreakers Yakutia and Chukotka construction is underway at the Baltic Shipyard. Their delivery to the customer is scheduled for 2024 and 2026.
Project 22220 nuclear-powered ships are the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. The vessels of this project in the coming years should become the backbone of Russia’s civilian icebreaking fleet. Their purpose is independent escort of ships in the Arctic, including large-tonnage ones, icebreaking escort of ships in the shallow areas of the Ob Bay and the Yenisey in the Dudinka direction, as well as towing ships and other floating structures, providing assistance to ships and performing rescue operations in ice conditions and on clean water.
Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author