Yard launches construction of third nuclear-powered icebreaker
The 173 meter long vessel named «Ural» will be able to break through three meter thick ice. It is Russia’s third LK-60 class icebreaker. From before, the «Arktika» and the «Sibir» are under construction.
The three vessels are all built at the Baltic Yard in St. Petersburg.
«First of all, I want to draw your attention to the fact that we for real are starting serial construction of the new generation of icebreakers», Kirienko said in a ceremony today. «The future of our icebreakers, which we now are constructing, has enormous perspectives», he adds, a press release from the Baltic Yard reads.
The launch of the «Ural» comes less than a month after the first LK-60 icebreaker, the «Arktika» was put on the water. The second ship of the class, the «Sibir», was launched in May 2015.
According to Rosatomflot General Director Vyacheslav Ruksha, the new icebreakers play a crucial role in the development of Russia’s grand hydrocarbon projects in the Arctic. «The launch of the «Ural» is an important step in the development of the Arctic infrastructure of the future», he underlines.
The first LK-60 vessel, the «Arktika», will reportedly be ready for operations by late December 2017.
The LK-60 (project 22220) is the most powerful icebreaker in the world. It is equipped by the RITM-200 nuclear propulsion unit with two 175 MW capacity reactors and is able to break through three meter thick ice. The ships will be 173 meters long and 34 meters wide. They will be based in Murmansk as part of the state-owned Rosatomflot fleet of nuclear icebreakers.