Russia lays keel for nuclear-powered icebreaker

June 5, 2020, 12:20PMNuclear News

Rendering of a Russian Project 22220 icebreaker. Image: Hanko/Wikimedia Commons

The keel for Rosatomflot’s Yakutia, the third Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker, was laid at the United Shipbuilding Corporation’s Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on May 26, according to a press release from Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned atomic energy corporation. Rosatomflot is a subsidiary of Rosatom.

What they’re saying: "Today, we started the construction of the third serial universal icebreaker, Yakutia,” said Denis Manturov, Russia’s minister of industry and trade, at the keel-laying ceremony. This is the fourth icebreaker of the project, following the Arctic, Siberia, and Ural. On the completion of the series construction, Russia will have the world’s largest fleet of serial nuclear icebreakers. These are truly unique vessels—not a single country in the world has even one of them.”

Mustafa Kashka, Rosatomflot’s director general, added: “The keel-laying for the third serial nuclear-powered icebreaker is a landmark event for all enterprises related to the Arctic. Despite the pandemic and tough economic conditions, we continue to build icebreakers within the Project 22220. This indicates the promising future of the nuclear icebreaker fleet. Universal nuclear-powered icebreakers will allow us to take an important step toward unlocking the transport potential of the Northern Sea route.”

Specs: Equipped with two RITM-400 reactors with an overall power capacity of 175 MW, Yakutia will be 173.3 meters (about 568.5 feet) long, 34 meters (about 111.5 feet) wide, and 42 meters (about 137.8 feet) tall and have a displacement of approximately 33,540 tons. The maximum speed, in clear water, will be 22 knots.


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