Baltiysky Zavod starts mooring trials of Arktika icebreaker (photo)
Baltiysky Zavod (Saint-Petersburg based company of United Shipbuilding Corporation) says its specialists have completed outfitting of the Arktika icebreaker, lead ship of Project 22220 (LK-60). The shipyard has begun mooring trials of the icebreaker.
Quality of construction, assembly and adjustment of equipment will be checked during the mooring trials. First, power plants and auxiliary mechanisms will be tested under load. All life support systems and devices will also undergo special tests.
Shore-to-ship power supply is currently ensured by in-service system. A radar mast had been erected prior to the beginning of the mooring trials. It was delivered to the outfitting quay by a floating crane. With the mast fixed by Baltiysky Zavod specialists using portal cranes the icebreaker now features its final overall height.
Under the contract with FSUE Rosatomflot, Baltiysky Zavod shipyard is building three LK-60 60MW icebreakers of Project 22220 (Arktika, Sibir, Ural). The icebreaker engineering design was developed by CDB ICEBERG in 2009.
The 22220-series flagship the Arktika was laid down at the St. Petersburg shipyard's slipway “A” on 5 November 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; minimum draft - 8.55 m, maximum icebreaking capability - 2.8-meter-thick ice (at full capacity and speed of 1.5-2 knots); full displacement – 33,540 tonnes; designated service life - 40 years, crew - 75.
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 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. In its history Baltiysky Zavod had built over 600 ships and vessels was privatized several times and returned to state control when financial problems arose.
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC OJSC) is the largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was set up in 2007 with 100% federal ownership. The holding comprises 40 companies and organizations (major shipbuilding and shiprepairing companies as well as leading design bureaus). Currently, USC consolidates the bulk of the domestic shipbuilding complex. The Russian market is the main focus of the state corporation though it also exports its products to 20 countries worldwide.
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