The "Ural" arrives in Murmansk on maiden voyage to Arctic waters. Photo: Rosatom

This new icebreaker has major importance for Northern Sea Route, says Rosatom

The "Ural," Russia's third vessel of the powerful LK-60 class, makes maiden voyage to its home port of Murmansk.
November 30, 2022


The 173 meter long nuclear powered icebreaker on Tuesday this week arrived in Murmansk after a six-day voyage from the Baltic Yard in St.Petersburg. It moored at Atomflot, the nuclear icebreaker base in the Kola Bay operated by nuclear power company Rosatom.

The “Ural” arrives in Murmansk. Screenshot from MarineTraffic

According to Acting General Director of Atomflot Leonid Irlitsa, the construction of the Ural clearly demonstrates Russia’s self-sufficiency both in terms of technology and industry.

“More than 90 percent of the equipment onboard the icebreaker is produced by domestic companies,” Irlitsa says in a comment.

He especially highlights the vessel’s electric propulsion system with asynchronous propulsion motors.

“This is the first Russian development that makes it possible to complete a package solution for icebreaker control under any condition,” Irlitsa explains.

According to Rosatom, the Ural will be of big importance for the further development of shipping on the Northern Sea Route.

“The active application of this transport artery will allow Russia to arrange efficient logistical routes and more comprehensively fulfil its export potential […],” the company underlines in a statement.


However, unlike sister ship Arktika and Sibir, the Ural might not engage in multi-purpose escort of vessels across the far northern and icy waters.

Representatives of Rosatom recently indicated that an exclusive agreement has been signed with oil company Rosneft over icebreaking for the company’s new major project Vostok Oil.

According to Rosatom, the Ural will set out from Murmansk on the third of December with course for the Ob and Yenisey Rivers.

Rosneft’s Vostok Oil includes the construction of a major seaport on the coast of the Yenisey Bay and several hundred kilometres of pipelines from project fields in the Taimyr Peninsula. 

The LK-60 is the world’s most powerful class of icebreakers. It can operate in up to three meter thick sea-ice and sail with a speed of 12 knots in 1,5 meter thick ice.

A total of seven vessels of the class are projected. Two of them are under construction at the Baltic Yard. On the same day as a flag raising ceremony took place at the Ural in mid-November, sister ship Yakutia was put on the water in a nearby ceremony.



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