Project 22220 Sibir Conducts First Escort Mission

The first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 22220 Sibir, built at the Baltic Shipyard (part of USC), escorted the motor ship Tersky Bereg in the waters of the Yenisei Bay to the port of Dudinka. This is the first working voyage of the nuclear-powered ship since its handover to the customer.

The icebreaker “Siberia” has demonstrated the ability to operate equally effectively both in open sea areas and in shallow water. During the escort, the ship overcame ice, the thickness of which in some places reached one and a half meters, but this did not affect the speed of the caravan.

The universal nuclear icebreaker “Sibir” is the second ship of project 22220, built at the Baltic Shipyard. The laying ceremony of the nuclear-powered ship took place on May 26, 2015. On September 22, 2017, the ship was launched. At the end of December 2021, an acceptance certificate was signed at the Baltic Shipyard, and on January 25, 2022, a solemn ceremony of raising the national flag took place in Murmansk aboard the nuclear icebreaker Sibir.

Today, the Baltic Shipyard is building three more nuclear-powered ships of the project – these are the icebreakers Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka. Project 22220 universal nuclear icebreakers are the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. Their main task is to provide year-round navigation in the Western region of the Arctic. The ships of this project in the coming years should become the basis of the civil icebreaking fleet of Russia.

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