Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 22220 “Arktika” was put into operation in Murmansk, reports on Wednesday, October 21, the correspondent of “Izvestia”.
The acceptance certificate was signed by the general director of Atomflot Mustafa Kashka and the Baltic Shipyard Aleksey Kadilov.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin also took part in the ship acceptance ceremony, who noted in his speech the importance of this event for strengthening the position of the Russian Federation in the Arctic.
“The development of the icebreaker fleet will allow to fully unleash the transport potential of the Northern Sea Route, increase the interest of international business in the transit corridor between Europe and Asia and, of course, ensure the primacy of Russia in the Arctic, a strategically important region for us,” the head of government said.
Rosatom General Director Alexei Likhachev also said that the state corporation expects to lay down the fifth project 22220 Chukotka icebreaker in the near future.
In addition, the head of Rosatom expressed hope that the most powerful nuclear icebreaker Leader will soon be laid down at the Zvezda shipyard.
Earlier on the same day, it was reported that the icebreaker “Arktika” will be commissioned from December 2020. In addition, in 2021, a new starboard propulsion motor will be installed at Arktika, which will increase the vessel’s capacity to 60 MW.
The icebreaker “Arktika” went out for ice trials on September 22. The vessel was escorted from the embankment wall of JSC “Baltiyskiy Zavod”. On October 5, the nuclear-powered ship has already reached the North Pole. On his way, he overcame ice, reaching a thickness of 3 m.
“Arktika” is equipped with an AC electric propulsion system with asynchronous propeller motors. The vessel is equipped with main high voltage generators, and a steam turbine unit was specially designed for this project. More than 90% of the equipment on the icebreaker was produced by Russian companies.
The nuclear powered ship is named after the legendary icebreaker “Arktika”, which became the first ship in history to reach the North Pole on the surface.
Icebreakers of project 22220 will provide pilotage of vessels with hydrocarbons from the fields of the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas and from the shelf of the Kara Sea to the markets of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.