Nuclear icebreaker "Ural" launched in St. Petersburg
The solemn launching ceremony of the third nuclear icebreaker "Ural" was held at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 25.
«Today we are launching the third ship, the second serial one of the project 22220 “Ural”. We associate with these ships of new-generation icebreakers hope with the development of the Northern Sea Route. This is a fundamentally new ship», - Vice Prime Minister Yury Borisov said.
«This is a great event for us, polar explorers. Only with such atomic giants we can conquer the Arctic latitudes and give new impetus to the development of the Northern Sea Route. A big ship needs a big sea», - Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Arthur Chilingarov noted.
According to Aleksey Kadilov, General Director of the Baltic Shipyard, a new modular nuclear reactor which is significantly more powerful is used on these icebreakers, as well as new domestic system of electric propulsion. «And most importantly, the new turbine, which will ensure the work of the icebreaker for 40 years. The level of localization of the vessel - 95% in terms of value», - he said.
Universal nuclear icebreakers of the project 22220 should be the most powerful icebreaking vessels in the world. In addition to the «Ural», the «Arctic» and «Siberia» icebreakers are also being built at the Baltic Shipyard.
After completion of construction, vessels of this project should provide year-round navigation in the Arctic. They will be able to conduct caravans of ships breaking through ice up to 3 meters thick. The icebreakers will conduct vessels with hydrocarbon raw materials from the fields of the Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region.