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Russia: World’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker officially enters full operation in Murmansk02:07

Russia: World’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker officially enters full operation in Murmansk

Russian Federation, Murmansk
October 22, 2020 at 23:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Arktika icebreaker has been fully commissioned at the port in Murmansk, and has officially joined the Russian nuclear fleet on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev.

The ship, made under Project 22220, is the world's most powerful icebreaker in its field. In total, Russia is going to develop four more icebreakers like Arktika by 2026, namely "Siberia", "Ural", "Yakutia" and "Chukotka".

The commissioning of new vessels made on the same project 22220 will ensure a steady increase in cargo traffic along the Northern sea route.

The "Arktika" will replace the Soviet-era icebreakers and allow to conduct trade caravans in the Western direction, as well as tow vessels.

The massive icebreaker is 173.3 metres long and 34 metres wide, and its maximum displacement is 33.5 thousand tons. It is equipped with the innovative water nuclear reactor RITM-200, which has no analogues in the world, generating up to 350MW of electricity. The "Arktika" crew consists of 52 people at the moment.

The icebreaker will be launched in the waters of the Northern sea in December.

Russia: World’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker officially enters full operation in Murmansk02:07
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The Arktika icebreaker has been fully commissioned at the port in Murmansk, and has officially joined the Russian nuclear fleet on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev.

The ship, made under Project 22220, is the world's most powerful icebreaker in its field. In total, Russia is going to develop four more icebreakers like Arktika by 2026, namely "Siberia", "Ural", "Yakutia" and "Chukotka".

The commissioning of new vessels made on the same project 22220 will ensure a steady increase in cargo traffic along the Northern sea route.

The "Arktika" will replace the Soviet-era icebreakers and allow to conduct trade caravans in the Western direction, as well as tow vessels.

The massive icebreaker is 173.3 metres long and 34 metres wide, and its maximum displacement is 33.5 thousand tons. It is equipped with the innovative water nuclear reactor RITM-200, which has no analogues in the world, generating up to 350MW of electricity. The "Arktika" crew consists of 52 people at the moment.

The icebreaker will be launched in the waters of the Northern sea in December.

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