Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the flag-raising ceremony on the Viktor Chernomyrdin icebreaker. The event took place on Tuesday, November 3, in St. Petersburg.
“Russia has a unique ice fleet. This superiority must be constantly confirmed and strengthened its positions, ”the President said.
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Viktor Chernomyrdin is one of the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. Designed to ensure uninterrupted pilotage and towing of ships in the Gulf of Finland, can operate in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Speaking at the ceremony, Putin noted that Russia is going through difficult times due to the coronavirus pandemic, but continues to move forward, not postponing plans for later.
“In Russia, work is underway on new series of diesel and nuclear icebreakers that have no analogues in the world,” the head of state emphasized.
He also wished the crew of the icebreaker Viktor Chernomyrdin fruitful work.
The event took place on the territory of the Marine Facade passenger port – the first and only specialized passenger port in the Northwestern Federal District of the Russian Federation.
In December last year it was reported that the icebreaker “Viktor Chernomyrdin” was ready to be handed over to Rosmorport. It was built at the Admiralty Shipyards, which are part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. At the same time, it was noted that the ship was technically ready, the crew was formed.