The 25 MW ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ icebreaker will be handed over to “Rosmorport” FSUE (the customer) on November 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg, coincided with the birthday of Viktor Chernomyrdin. It was told by Mr. Alexei Rakhmanov, the head of the “United Shipbuilding Corporation” (USC) on October 7, during his presentation for the Council of Federation of Russia.
‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ is one of the most powerful diesel-electric icebreakers in the world. The vessel with a displacement of 22.3 thousand tons has a speed of about 17 knots in clear water and is capable to break continuous ice field up to three meters thick with a snow cover of 20 cm at a speed of 2 knots, both in forward and reverse directions. The icebreaker is highly maneuverable; it is equipped with a pneumatic hull flushing system protecting against the formation of a snow-ice crust. Crew 38 people, endurance 61 days.
Besides the standard mission of icebreaking support and towage of other ships in heavy ice ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ is capable of transporting and supplying scientific expeditions and tourists in the Arctic and Antarctic voyages. The ship accommodates up to 90 people in addition to her crew, there are special rooms and laboratories suited for the placement of scientific equipment. The icebreaker can serve as a fire-fighting vessel as well. Diesel icebreaker with a capacity of 25 MW, project 22600 “Viktor Chernomyrdin” was laid down at the “Baltic Shipyard” on October 10, 2012, launched on December 30, 2016, the acceptance certificate was signed at the end of September 2020.