ARKTIKA NUCLEAR-POWERED ICEBBREAKER EMBARKS ON FIRST MISSION
The 14 November the nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika left the port of Murmansk heading to the Arctic waters of the Northern Sea Route.
The icebreaker recently delivered to the state-run company FSUE Atomflot, part of Russia’s central nuclear corporation Rosatom, left the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Sept. 22, 2020. This followed the completion of initial sea trials in the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland.
According to Rosatom, the Arktika The icebreaker, which is set to be delivered soon to the state-run company FSUE Atomflot, part of Russia’s central nuclear corporation Rosatom, left the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Sept. 22, 2020. This follows the completion of initial sea trials in the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland earlier this month.
“The first working voyage is a special event for the ship’s crew and our entire enterprise,” notes Leonid Irlitsa, First Deputy General Director – Director for Shipping of FSUE Atomflot. “The nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika is ready to provide icebreaker assistance throughout the entire water area of the Northern Sea Route. The first flight will take three weeks. An active process of ice formation is underway in the Arctic. Now we have the opportunity, as they say, to test the icebreaker. This is a normal process after the commissioning of any vessel. ”
After the completion of the voyage, the lead universal nuclear icebreaker Arktika will enter the port of Murmansk to replenish supplies, and at the end of December will return to the water area of the Northern Sea Route.
Arktika is a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker built by Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg. It is the lead ship of Project 22220 icebreakers and, once fully in service, will supersede the preceding class of nuclear-powered icebreakers as the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever c Arktika is 173.3 metres (569 ft) long overall and has a maximum beam of 34 metres (112 ft). Designed to operate efficiently both in shallow Arctic river estuaries as well as along the Northern Sea Route, the draught of the vessel can be varied between 8.65 and 10.5 metres (28 and 34 ft) by taking in and discharging ballast water, corresponding to a displacement between 25,540 and 33,530 tonnes (25,140 and 33,000 long tons).
Arktika has a nuclear-turbo-electric powertrain. The onboard nuclear power plant consists of two 175 MWt RITM-200 pressurized water reactors and two 36 MWe turbogenerators. The propulsion system follows the classic polar icebreaker pattern with three 6.2-metre (20 ft) four-bladed propellers driven by 20-megawatt (27,000 hp) electric motors. With a total propulsion power of 60 megawatts (80,000 hp), Arktika is designed to be capable of breaking 2.8 metres (9 ft) thick level ice at a continuous speed of 1.5–2 knots (2.8–3.7 km/h; 1.7–2.3 mph) at full power when operating in deep water at design draught.
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