Ural atomic icebreaker goes on test

Ural atomic icebreaker goes on test

October 18, 2022

Specialists test the nuclear power ice-breaker’s high-speed and maneuverable characteristics.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Project 22220’s second serial and third nuclear icebreaker Ural, which was commissioned by Atomflot, went to the running tests, the Baltic Plant’s press service reports.

The nuclear power vessel left the plant’s complementary embankment and began to implement the factory running testing program. The next three weeks, the delivery team, together with Atomflot representatives, will check reactor and steam turbine installations, the vessel’s electrical system, gross and deck mechanisms. They will test the high-speed and maneuverable characteristics of the icebreaker, the functioning of overall systems and automation systems. An important stage in running tests will be a check of navigation and communication systems, as well as the helicopter complex operation.

The universal nuclear icebreaker Ural is the third vessel of the 22220 project, built at the Baltic plant by Atomflot’s order. The laying ceremony took place on July 25, 2016, the Ural was put on water on May 26, 2019. It is expected that the Ural will be transferred to the customer at the end of this year.

Universal nuclear icebreakers of the 22220 project are the largest and most powerful icebreaking ships in the world. Their main task is to ensure year-round navigation in the western district of the Arctic. The vessels of this project should become the basis of the Russian Civil Fleet in the coming years.

In total, seven icebreakers will be built. The fourth one – Yakutia – should be launched in November this year and will be completed on the water. All icebreakers are designed to accompany ships along the Northern Sea Route. The first two – the Arctic and Siberia built in St. Petersburg – are already in work.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr wrote that the most powerful ice-breaker Siberia has been on the first flight under the contract with Nornickel. We also reported that in 2022 the Northern Sea Route turns 90 years.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, photo: author

October 18, 2022

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