Arktika icebreaker will be sent to Murmansk this November after an engine replacement
Arktika icebreaker is one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world. After an engine replacement and set up, carried out by Baltic Shipyard (Saint Petersburg, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation), Arktika will be sent to a base in Murmansk this November.18 October 2021
This was announced on Monday by Aleksey Kadilov, General Director of Baltic Shipyard, the TASS news agency reports.
'Arktika will be sent to Murmansk this November', Kadilov says.
A universal nuclear-powered icebreaker, Arktika is the lead ship of Project 22220 icebreakers, constructed by Baltic Shipyard. The keel was laid on the slipway in November 2013. The launching ceremony was held on June 16, 2016. The icebreaker was put into operation on October 21, 2020.
Baltic Shipyard is currently constructing four other vessels under Project 22220 – icebreakers Sibir, Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka. Vessels of this project are set to become the backbone of Russia's civilian icebreaker fleet in the coming years.
The Arktika nuclear-powered icebreaker was the first of the 22220 series. Baltic Shipyard officially started its construction in November 2013. Arktika was launched in June 2016 and commissioned in October 2020. In addition to Arktika, the series also includes four other icebreakers: Sibir, Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka. Their planned commissioning dates are 2021, 2022, 2024 and 2026.
Project 22220 icebreakers are designed for escorting vessels in the Arctic, on parts of the Yenisei River and the Gulf of Ob, for towing vessels and other floating structures through ice and clear waters and other tasks. The icebreaker is 173.3 metres long and 34 metres wide. Arktika's icebreaking capability is 2.8 metres.