Concept image of icebreaker project 22220 (LC-60YA)
(Picutre: Soliday / JSC «OKBM")
The nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural is one of the three vessels that are being built to renew Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet.
The service life of three Russian operational nuclear-powered icebreakers will expire by 2020. These icebreakers are expected to be replaced by the Project 22220 lead icebreaker Arktika and the serial-produced icebreakers Sibir and Ural.
The three Project 22220 icebreakers are currently under construction at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on order of Rosatomflot Company, part of Russia’s Rosatom Corporation.
The Project 22220 lead icebreaker Arktika was laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in November 2013. The project is estimated at 122 billion rubles ($1.9 billion).
The icebreaker incorporates technologies that were not used in the nuclear-powered fleet earlier. In particular, the ship’s double draught with a controlled submersion depth will allow it to lead a group of vessels in ice-covered areas and river outlets and its new nuclear reactor will make it possible to navigate for more than six months without calling at ports for recharging.
The icebreaker is planned to be able to navigate about seven years without recharging.
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