Mooring trials of nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika scheduled for early 2018
Mooring trials of nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika will begin in early 2018, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Aleksey Rakhmanov, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, as saying at ceremony dedicated to launching of the first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker SIBIR (Siberia) of Project 22220 held today, 22 September 2017 at St. Petersburg based Baltiysky Zavod shipyard.
Mooring trials of the Sibir will begin in a year, said Aleksey Rakhmanov.
“Labour input into each successive icebreaker is decreasing by 15%, so labor input into the second serial icebreaker is minus 30% as compared with the lead ship. That means that serial production in Russia has prospects of becoming more competitive and will be able to enter into rivalry with Japan, Korea and even China,” said Aleksey Rakhmanov.
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.
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