Baltiysky Zavod concerned about possible delay in construction of Ural icebreaker amid slow delivery of turbines
Technical readiness of the second serial LK-60 icebreaker, Ural, is 46%, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Aleksey Kadilov, General Director of Baltiysky Zavod shipyard, as telling journalists.
According to him, the delivery of the first turbine was scheduled for December 2019, the second one – for March 2020. However, a two-three months delay is expected.
“So far, we are not talking about the icebreaker delivery delay but the problem we had is not solved yet ... Today, we already see that Kirovsky Zavod’s obligations on supply of the first turbine in December and the second one in March are most likely to be fulfilled two-three months later and that may have a negative impact on the final delivery terms”, said the head of the shipyard.
USC President Aleksey Rakhmanov said in his turn that the Corporation is tired of “slackitude” of KirovEnergoMash (manufacturer of turbines - Ed.), adding that the issue is under control of the country’s top officials.
The delivery of the Ural icebreaker is scheduled for 2022. The ship was laid down by Baltiysky Zavod on 25 July 2016 and launched on 25 May 2019.
Under the contract with FSUE Rosatomflot, Baltiysky Zavod shipyard is building three LK-60 60MW icebreakers of Project 22220 (Arktika, Sibir, Ural). The delivery of the lead icebreaker, the Arktika, is scheduled for May 2020. The Sibir and the Ural are to be delivered in 2021 and in 2022 accordingly. A total of five icebreakers of 22220 design are to be built under Rosatom’s concept for the development of its icebreaking fleet.
General characteristics of 22220 Project vessels: capacity - 60 MW, operational speed - 22 knots (clean water), length - 173.3 m (160 m, DWL), beam - 34 m (33 m, DWL), height - 52 m; draft (DWL) - 10.5 m; minimum draft - 8.65 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 – 53.
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.
The 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.
Saint-Petersburg, Russia based Baltiysky Zavod Shipyard (Baltic Shipyard) was established in 1856 and today is a 100% subsidiary of the state-owned conglomerate United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), established by order of the Russian Government. The shipyard specializes in the construction of Rank 1 surface crafts, ice class vessels with nuclear and diesel-electric propulsion, of nuclear floating energy units and floating distilling plants. Baltic Shipyard has built over 600 ships and vessels. The shipyard employs more than 6,000 people.
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