Icebreaker Ural will be launched on May 25 2019 in St. Petersburg
On May 25, the Baltic Shipyard (St. Petersburg) will host a solemn launching ceremony of the newest atomic icebreaker "Ural" (project 22220), press service of the company reported.
It is noted that universal nuclear icebreakers are designed to become the most powerful ships in the world. In addition to the Ural icebreaker, the Siberia and the Arctic icebreakers are under construction at the Baltic Shipyard. The last of them, as it became known earlier, will arrive in Murmansk already in December of this year in order to pass the sea trials in the harsh conditions of the Arctic.
Then it is planned to start operation of two more ships - “Siberia” and “Ural”. It is noted that the latest icebreakers are capable of almost year-round breaking the most dangerous snow and ice obstacles in their path.
The declared power of the ships, which will be 60 megawatts, will allow ships to move more freely on ice up to three meters thick without loss of speed.
At the same time, it is noted that Russia intends to further consolidate its “Arctic advantage”. The talk is about icebreakers of the class “Leader”, the displacement of which is 72 thousand tons. Ships will be able to break into ice up to four meters thick and leave behind a passage 60 meters wide for the passage of merchant ships. Commissioning of icebreakers is scheduled in the second half of the 2020s.