Baltiysky Zavod completes construction of fore body of lead nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika (photo)
Construction of the fore body of the lead nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika, Project 22220, is nearing completion at slipway A of the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard. According to the shipyard’s press center, section 1101 destined to break through the ice of the Northern Sea Route was installed on August 6, 2015.
The statement says “this 75.5-tonne part of the icebreaker will take over the full ice load while the 160-mm wide cast stem will press and break ice”.
“As of today, 70% of hull assembly works has been fulfilled. We comply with the general schedule,” says Project Manager Sergey Chernogubovskiy.
The construction of the hull nears the final phase – assembling of the aft body and the launching.
Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika was laid down on November 5, 2013. The icebreaker will be powered by two RITM-200 reactors of 175 MWt. This will be the largest and most powerful icebreaker in the world. Ship’s characteristics: LOA - 173.3 m, beam - 34 m, draft at DWL- 10.5 m, minimum loaded draft - 8,65 m, displacement - 33.54 thou tonnes. Under the contract, the construction of the flagship is to be completed in December 2017.
Double-draught structure of the ship will enable her to operate in both Arctic waters and in estuaries of polar rivers. The icebreakers will escort vessels carrying hydrocarbons from the fields of the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas and the Kara Sea to the markets of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
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 backlog of orders of Baltiysky Zavod-Sudostroyeniye LLC is currently valued at about RUB 150 bln. The largest orders are: three 60-MWt nuclear icebreakers, 25-MWt diesel-electric icebreaker, floating power unit of the world’s first floating nuclear heat and power plant, engineering products. In 2014, the Company’s revenue totaled RUB 7.07 bln, net profit – RUB 208.3 mln, current assets – RUB 34.1 bln.
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