2016 December 30 14:28

Baltiysky Zavod shipyard launches icebreaker Victor Chernomyrdin (photo)

Icebreaker Victor Chernomyrdin has been launched today, 30 December 2016, at Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in Saint-Petersburg, IAA PortNews correspondent reports from the ceremony.

As Vladimir Shtrambrand, head of Rosmorport’s Fleet Construction and Development Department, said at the ceremony, the icebreaker is to start operation in 2018.

Icebreaker of project 22600 is a powerful diesel-electric icebreaker (25 MW) with a wide range of functional capabilities. It is being built under the programme on renovation of the national icebreaking fleet. The icebreaker named Victor Chernomyrdin was laid down in Saint-Petersburg on October 10, 2012.

The ship is to be used as an auxiliary vessel for escorting convoys in challenging ice conditions at the Northern Sea Route or for independent assistance to vessels in shallow Arctic areas, and in estuaries of rivers, for helping to unload cargo on land-fast ice, for towing ships and other floating constructions in ice and in plain water, for expeditor voyages, firefighting at vessels and oil-extracting platforms.

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