Atomic icebreaker “Arktika”, which is the largest and most powerful in the world, launched at the Baltic shipyard in St. Petersburg, reports TASS.
As stated by the head of “Rosatom” Sergey Kirienko, by the end of next year, “Arctic” can log in “Rosatomflot”. “This is a fundamentally new opportunities for our countries in the defence and year-round navigation in the Arctic, economic development of our country in a fundamentally important for Russia and the world the region,” he said.
At the ceremony, the rector of the Nikolo-Bogoyavlensky Naval Cathedral held a baptism icebreaker, said “RIA Novosti”. The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko broke about his body a bottle of champagne. “We are entering a qualitatively new level of development of this richest region of the Arctic. — RBC) “, she said. “Seven feet under the keel you, the great Arctic!” — said Matvienko.
The icebreaker “Arktika” was built at the Baltic shipyard in 2013. “Arctic” thanks to the double lees with adjustable immersion depth will be able to carry out the court and on the ice, and at the mouths of rivers. The reactor will allow the ship to enter the port to recharge more than six months. The ship length is 173.3 m, width — 34 m, displacement — 33,5 thousand tons, the Crew of the “Arctic” — 75 people.
In addition to this vessel for updating of nuclear icebreaking fleet Russia for the construction of another two icebreakers “Sibir” and “Ural”. The timing of their delivery is scheduled for 2019 and 2020, respectively.
On 10 June in St. Petersburg was lowered into the water icebreaker of a new generation of “Ilya Muromets”. He became the first in 40 years, the ship was built for the Russian Navy. The ship will join the fleet in 2017.