Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, Arktika, to begin sea trials on 12 December 2019
The lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, the Arktika, is to begin the first phase of sea trials on 12 December 2019, says press center of Baltiysky Zavod shipyard (a company of United Shipbuilding Corporation).
During the trials, specialists of Baltiysky Zavod and representatives of the customer will conduct a comprehensive check of shipboard systems and equipment.
First of all, they will check the ship’s electric propulsion system, deck mechanisms and devices, communication and navigation systems.
The first phase of the trials will be held in the Gulf of Finland. It is to be completed by the end of 2019.
The lead icebreaker of Project 22220, the Arktika, being built to the class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, was laid down at Baltiysky Zavod shipyard on 5 November 2013 and launched on 16 June 2016.
General characteristics of 22220 Project vessels: capacity - 60 MW, operational speed - 22 knots (clean water), length - 173.3 m (160 m, DWL), beam - 34 m (33 m, DWL), depth - 15.2 m; draft (DWL) - 10.5 m; minimum draft - 8.65 m, maximum icebreaking capability - 2.9-meter-thick ice (at full capacity and speed of 1.5-2 knots); full displacement – 33,540 tonnes; designated service life - 40 years.
Nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220 are equipped with two RITM-200 reactors of 175 MW. Project 22220 ships will be the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreakers (60MW). The vessels’ dual-draft concept allows for operating them both in the Arctic and in the mouths of the polar rivers.
The icebreaker will be powered by two RITM-200 reactors of 175 MW. The system of the new generation was developed specially for this ship. The vessels dual-draft concept and capability will allow operating them both in the Arctic and in the mouths of the polar rivers.
The icebreakers designed by CDB Iceberg in 2009 will be operated in the western region of the Arctic: in the Barents, Pechora and Kara Seas, as well as in shallower areas of the Yenisei estuary and the Ob Bay area.
Saint-Petersburg, Russia based Baltiysky Zavod Shipyard (Baltic Shipyard) was established in 1856 and today is a 100% subsidiary of the state-owned conglomerate United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), established by order of the Russian Government. The shipyard specializes in the construction of Rank 1 surface crafts, ice class vessels with nuclear and diesel-electric propulsion, of nuclear floating energy units and floating distilling plants. Baltic Shipyard has built over 600 ships and vessels. The shipyard employs more than 6,000 people.