Nuclear Icebreaker Arktika Docked at Kronstadt Marine Plant

The lead universal nuclear icebreaker “Arktika” of project 22220 docked at the Kronstadt Marine Plant (part of the USC) to carry out scheduled work to replace one of the engines.

On August 11, the ship made the transition from St. Petersburg to Kronstadt. Early in the morning on August 12, the operation to dock the ship in the name of P.I. Veleschinsky. In the near future, specialists from the Baltic Shipyard will have to perform an operation to cut out a part of the outer skin of the icebreaker’s hull. This is necessary in order to gain access to the engine to be replaced.

The universal nuclear icebreaker “Arktika” is the lead ship of Project 22220, built at the Baltic Shipyard. Its laying ceremony took place in November 2013. On June 16, 2016, the order was launched. On October 21, 2020, the lead nuclear-powered universal icebreaker Arktika was put into operation.

The universal nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220 are the largest and most powerful icebreaking ships in the world. Their main task is to ensure year-round navigation in the Western region of the Arctic. The vessel is able to overcome ice obstacles up to 3 meters thick. Now, at the production facilities of the Baltic Shipyard, four more vessels of the project 22220 line are being built, these are the icebreakers Sibir, Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka. The ships of this project in the coming years should become the basis of the civilian icebreaker fleet of Russia.

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