Nuclear icebreaker Yakutia laid down in St. Petersburg for working on the Northern Sea Route
One of the largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, capable of operating not only in the waters of the Northern Sea Route, but also on polar rivers, was laid at the Baltic Shipyard on Tuesday, May 26.
The keel-laying ceremony of the fourth nuclear-powered icebreaker of the new generation of project 22220 took place at the Baltic Shipyard ( part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) in St. Petersburg. It will be built within the framework of the Northern Sea Route federal project, aimed at modernization and expansion of the mainline infrastructure for the period till 2024, which was developed in accordance with the decree of the Russian President.
The 22220 project nuclear-powered icebreakers are the largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreakers in the world. The length of the vessel will be 173.3 meters, width - 34 meters, displacement - 33.5 thousand tons. The structure of the icebreaker will allow to operate both in Arctic waters and polar rivers. The icebreaker will be able to cope with ice up to three meters thick.
The new icebreaker will become the fourth in the series and will be named Yakutia, according to the tradition of the shipyard when the names are chosen from the geographical names of objects of the Northern Sea Route or repeat the names of the decommissioned Soviet nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Arctic type.
The customer of the vessel’s construction is FSUE Atomflot, part of the Rosatom state corporation.
Let us remind, that the Ministry of Eastern Development proposed to increase the length of the Northern Sea Route, by including waters from Murmansk to Kamchatka. According to experts, this would make a positive impact on the development of the Northern seas and would help to fulfill the President's order to increase the cargo flow along the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons by 2024. After the session of the State Commission on the Arctic Development, Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary representative of the President in the Far East, instructed the Ministry of East Development, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia together with the Rosatom state corporation to work out the issue of amendments to the Merchant Shipping Code of the Russian Federation, regarding the inclusion of inland waters, territorial sea and the exclusive economic zone into the water area of the Northern Sea Route.