The first in a series of nuclear icebreaker “Siberia” launched in St. Petersburg

The first in a series of nuclear icebreaker project 22220 “Siberia”, which is designed for the posting of cargo along the Northern Sea Route, was launched at the “Baltic Shipyard – Shipbuilding” in St. Petersburg, TASS correspondent reports.

“Thank you for your work, for the revival of the industry. The “Siberia” has a predecessor – the icebreaker, which in 77-th year was taken into operation, he has already valiantly served his time. Set an absolute record – reached the North Pole in May. I wish that the current “Siberia” also became a record holder, “said the general director of Rosatom State Corporation Alexei Likhachev.

As the president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov noted, the Arctic can not be mastered without difficulties, but the workers of the plant show a decent level of work. “Of course, it was very difficult for us with the first head order, but, probably, in another way in the ice of the Arctic can not get through. I am sure that today we are making another small step towards the development of the Arctic latitudes and the Northern Sea Route, “he said.

The first serial nuclear icebreaker “Siberia” project 22220 was laid in May 2015, the deadline – 2020. Under the contract with FSUE Rosatomflot, the Baltic plant is building three nuclear icebreakers of this project: the Arctic, Siberia and the Urals. The technical design of the nuclear-powered ships was developed by the Iceberg Central Design Bureau.

The universal nuclear icebreakers of project 22220 are designed for self-posting of vessels in the Arctic, icebreaking warships in shallow areas of Yenisei and Ob Bay, rendering assistance to ships and rescue operations in ice conditions and on clean water.

Ñïóñê íà âîäó ïåðâîãî ñåðèéíîãî àòîìíîãî ëåäîêîëà "Ñèáèðü" ïðîåêòà 22220 â Ñàíêò-Ïåòåðáóðãå

Project 22220 nuclear powered vessels will be equipped with a two-reactor power plant with a main steam source from the RITM-200 reactor with a capacity of 175 MW. They will become the largest and most powerful nuclear icebreakers in the world.

Earlier, Rosatom reported that the United Shipbuilding Corporation had requested the postponement of the launch of the icebreaker Arktika from 2017 to a later date. Rosatom said that the delay in putting the Arctic into operation will not lead to problems with the delivery of cargo along the Northern Sea Route. The Kremlin also does not consider the postponement of the terms of the icebreaker “Arktika” to be critical.