World’s most powerful icebreaker Siberia sets its first sail

World’s most powerful icebreaker Siberia sets its first sail

February 03, 2022

The vessel will expand the transport corridor to Taimyr and allow the ambitious projects implementation in the territory.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On January 28, the first follow-on universal nuclear icebreaker of 22220 project – Siberia – escorted Nornickel ships: Turuhan and Tersky Bereg. Yesterday the Tersky Bereg ship arrived at the port of Dudinka.

This is the first working voyage of the nuclear-powered ship. In the near future Siberia will return to escort Turuhan to the port of Dudinka. After that, the nuclear-powered ship will continue working in the Ob-Yenisey region of the Kara sea.

Recall that Siberia is a project 22220 ship built at the Baltic shipyard. The laying ceremony took place on May 26, 2015, and on January 25, 2022, the ceremony of hoisting the state flag of the Russian Federation took place.

The icebreaker was named after the decommissioned nuclear-powered icebreaker Siberia, which in 1978 for the first time carried out year-round navigation on the Murmansk-Dudinka line.

The icebreaker’s design makes it possible to work both in shallow water in the channels of northern rivers and in seas with multi-ton ice. This is achieved thanks to the icebreaker’s modified draft.

The icebreaker’s main task is to provide year-round navigation in the Western region of the Arctic. Siberia will significantly expand the carrying capacity to the Taimyr peninsula.

In addition, Nornickel continues to engage the Taimyr icebreaker for escorting along the Yenisey, which works with the company on the basis of a long-term contract.

Recall that by 2029, to replace the Taimyr icebreaker, Nornickel, together with the state corporation Rosatom and the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center, will build a new modern dual-fuel icebreaker.

Earlier, Nornickel announced the construction of an Icebreaker8-class ship at the Helsinki Shipyard Oy in Finland.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov and the Nornickel’s Polar Transport Branch press office.

February 03, 2022

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