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Icebreaker ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ Will Become a Passenger Icebreaker

February 5 2022  

The world’s largest and most powerful conventional icebreaker ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ will be used as a passenger ship for Arctic cruises after retrofitting. Up to 93 passengers will be able to simultaneously travel on the icebreaker during the period free from its primary activities, TASS was told on Saturday by the press service of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Rosmorport”.

“After the additional equipment has been installed, the Registry class symbol of the ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ icebreaker will indicate the characteristic “Passenger ship” and the vessel will be able to accommodate up to 93 passengers onboard. The plans are to use the icebreaker to conduct Arctic cruises and transport passengers during a period free from statutory activities”, explained the “Rosmorport” press service.

Work on installing the additional equipment onboard the ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’, as follows from the data of the public procurement portal, should be completed no later than April 1, 2022. The value of the contract, concluded following the results of the auction, amounted to 4.2 million rubles.

The contractor will have to install additional lighting on the icebreaker, re-equip the ship’s security systems, and perform a number of other improvements. Upon their completion, “Viktor Chernomyrdin” will be able to officially receive the class of a passenger ship.

The project 22600 icebreaker has been under construction by order of “Rosmorport” since December 2012 at the “Admiralty Shipyard” (St. Petersburg). This is the innovative new generation diesel-electric icebreaker with impressive 25 MW power plant (on propellers), high ice class ‘Icebreaker – 8’ and a maximum degree of automation. The icebreaker is capable of reaching speeds of up to 17.8 knots in clear water, passing through ice up to 2 meters thick at a continuous speed of 2 knots. The vessel can operate in various regions of the Arctic and Antarctic, she can penetrate ice up to 3 m thick.

The ceremony of raising the state flag of the Russian Federation on the icebreaker took place in November 2020. In January 2021, the vessel commenced her first voyage – icebreaking escort of ships in the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea). ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ operated on the approaches to the seaports of Vyborg, Vysotsk and Primorsk escorting ships, including large-capacity tankers, on their way to the ports.

Source: https://portnews.ru/digest/22982/

National Flag of Russia Hoisted on “Sibir” Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker 

January 25 2022

On January 25, 2022, the state flag of the Russian Federation was raised on the ‘Sibir’ (‘Siberia’) multi-purpose nuclear icebreaker of project 22220., the press service of FSUE “Atomflot” reports.

The flag raising ceremony in Murmansk was attended by Mr. Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy General Director of “Rosatom” State Corporation – Head of the NSR Directorate, Mr. Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk Region, Mr. Mustafa Kashka, General Director of FSUE “Atomflot”, Mr. Alexei Kadilov, General Director of “Baltiysky Zavod” shipyard and others.

“Only new icebreakers and ships can make the NSR a real road for our megaprojects in the Arctic zone. I am sure that in the coming decades the NSR will become the Russian route to India,” said Vyacheslav Ruksha.

Mustafa Kashka noted that the lead nuclear icebreaker of this class, ‘Arktika’ was already operating in the NSR Eastern sector, stressing that navigation in this sector usually stopped in November. “But the commissioning of Project 22220 icebreakers opens up new prospects for the development of the NSR. These nuclear-powered ships are the future of “Rosatomflot”, he said.

The keel-laying of “Sibir” project 22220 nuclear icebreaker took place on May 26, 2015 in St.Petersburg. The vessel was launched on September 22, 2017. On December 24, 2021, an act on the transfer of the icebreaker to “Atomflot” was signed on board the ship in St.Petersburg. On January 13, 2022, the new icebreaker left the outfitting embankment of JSC “Baltiysky Zavod” shipyard for her home port of Murmansk. On January 22, the vessel arrived at the berths of FSUE “Atomflot”.

Project 22220 multi-purpose nuclear icebreakers are the largest and most powerful in the world. Their main task is to provide year-round navigation in the Western sector of the Arctic. The main characteristics of the vessel: power – 60 MW (on shafts); speed – 22 knots (in clear water); length – 173.3 m (160 m on DWL); width – 34 m (33 m on DWL); height – 52 m; draft – 10.5 m / 8.65 m; maximum ice penetration – 2.8 m; total displacement – 33,540 tons; the designated service life is 40 years. The icebreaker is equipped with a two-reactor power plant with the main source of steam from a new-generation RITM-200 reactor plant with a capacity of 175 MW, specially designed for this vessel.

The technical design of this project was developed by the “Iceberg” Central Design Bureau in 2009.

The construction of three more project 22220 nuclear icebreakers, ‘Ural’, ‘Yakutia’ and ‘Chukotka’ continues in St.Petersburg.

Source:https://portnews.ru/news/324345/ 

“Uralmashzavod” will supply “Zvezda” shipyard with protective tanks for the “Leader” icebreaker

January 12 2022

PJSC “Uralmashzavod”, part of the ”UZTM-Karteks” group is starting to manufacture metal-water protective tanks for the Project 10510 “Leader” nuclear icebreaker. 

According to the company information release of January 11, a contract for the manufacture of protective metal structures worth 5.76 billion rubles was signed at the end of December by Sergey Tseluiko, general director of ”Zvezda” shipyard, and Yan Center, “UZTM-Karteks” director – general. “Uralmashzavod” will deliver two protective tanks (starboard and port) with a total weight of about 1,400 tons to the shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen in October 2023.

The metal-water protective tank consists of layers of metal, highly purified water and special concrete. The device is used to attenuate the ionizing radiation of the core of a nuclear reactor, which ensures the safe operation of the ship’s crew. Metal structures will be made of corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel of various thicknesses.

“We are grateful to the leadership of “Rosneft” and “Zvezda” shipyard for entrusting us with the manufacture of one of the most important components for the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker,” Jan Center commented on the event.

Metal cutting for this new nuclear-powered icebreaker, named “Rossiya” (Russia), began in July 2020. The ship has the following characteristics: length – 209 m, width – 47.7 m, ice penetration (maximum) – 4 m, displacement approx. 69 700 t, power plant capacity – 120 MW (on shafts), cruise speed – 22 knots (in clear water)

Source: https://sudostroenie.info/novosti/35266.html

ICEBREAKER “CAPTAIN KHLEBNIKOV” WILL ESCORT VESSELS WITH CARGO FOR THE ARCTIC STATION “VOSTOK”

October 14, 2021, PortNews

The icebreaker “Captain Khlebnikov” left the port of Vladivostok on October 6 on an expedition to deliver personnel and cargo to the Russian Antarctic research station “Vostok”. The icebreaker with 114 passengers and scientific personnel as well as 52 crewmembers onboard will travel about 7,500 miles to Tala Bay (Antarctica). The ship will return to the seaport of Vladivostok this December.

“Captain Khlebnikov” was taken over by FSUE “Rosmorport” in 2016. In September-December 2018, it operated a series of voyages with passengers from the seaport of Ushuaia (Argentina) to Snow Hill Island (Antarctica) under an agreement with “Quark Expeditions”. In July-September 2019, it performed a series of cruises with passengers from the seaport of Anadyr to Wrangel Island under an agreement with “Heritage Expeditions”.

The inland Antarctic station “Vostok” (“East”) was opened in December 1957. It has gone through two renovations and three conservations. As it is worn out by 90% and covered with snow in places, the comprehensive renovation of the facility is underway. The aerodynamic shape of the modules of the new wintering complex will protect against snow drifts, a complex insulation system is installed in the 650 mm thick walls, the windows are equipped with pressure drop compensators, and the engineering systems are protected from freezing. The lowest air temperature on the planet (-89.2 ° С) was recorded at the” Vostok” station. For almost 10 months a year, the facility operates autonomously – it is impossible to get here either by land or by air.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/319942/