Baltiysky Zavod Shipyard slated launching of first 22220-series nuclear icebreaker SIBIR for September 22
The ceremonial launching of the first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker SIBIR (Siberia) of Project 22220 will be held on September 22, 2017 at St. Petersburg based Baltiysky Zavod–Sudostroyeniye, the shipbuilding firm said.
The ceremony is said to be attended by the officials of Russian Government, of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly, the government of St. Petersburg, by Alexei Likhachev, CEO Rosatom State Corporation, Alexei Rakhmanov, president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Vladimir Vorobyov, chief designer of Iceberg Central Design Bureau and Alexey Kadilov, General Director Baltiysky Zavod Shipyard.
Currently Baltiysky Zavod Shipyard is building three LK-60 60MW icebreakers of Project 22220 (Arktika, Sibir, Ural) scheduled for delivery in 2017 – 2020.
The 22220-series flagship the Arktika was laid down at the St. Petersburg shipyard's slipway “A” on November 5 2013 and launched on June 16 2016. The Sibir was laid down on May 26, 2015 and the Ural – on July 25, 2016.
The serial icebreakers will be built to RS class and will be commissioned into service by the State Corporation Rosatom.
General characteristics of the vessels: capacity - 60 MW, operational speed - 22 knots (clean water), length - 173.3 m (160 m, DWL), beam - 34 m (33 m, DWL), depth - 15.2 m; draft (DWL) - 10.5 m / 8.65 m, maximum icebreaking capability - 2.8-meter-thick ice; full displacement – 33,540 tonnes; designated service life - 40 years.
The icebreaker will be powered by two RITM-200 reactors of 175 MW. The system of the new generation was developed specially for this ship.
The icebreaker engineering design was developed by CDB ICEBERG in 2009. The vessels dual-draft concept and capability will allow operating them both in the Arctic and in the mouths of the polar rivers.
Icebreakers will be operated in the western region of the Arctic: in the Barents, Pechora and Kara Seas, as well as in shallower areas of the Yenisei estuary and the Ob Bay area.
Baltiysky Zavod OJSC (Saint-Petersburg) specializes in construction of rank 1 surface-crafts, ice class vessels with nuclear and diesel-electric propulsion plants, nuclear floating energy units, floating distilling plants. The shipyard was set up in 1856. To preserve the staff and the competence of the shipyard, USC founded Baltiysky Zavod – Sudostroyeniye LLC. The Company’s staff currently numbers 4,000 employees. The backlog of orders of Baltiysky Zavod-Sudostroyeniye LLC is currently valued at about RUB 150 bln. The largest orders are: three 60-MWt nuclear icebreakers, 25-MWt diesel-electric icebreaker, floating power unit of the world’s first floating nuclear heat and power plant, engineering products.