According to him, the Arctic icebreaker will be handed over to the customer no later than May next year. Currently, construction work is underway on it; in May of this year, nuclear fuel was loaded into the reactor. Sea trials will begin at the end of this year, and commissioning will take place in the spring of 2020.
Three new nuclear icebreakers are being completed at the Baltic Shipyard. The first will be put into operation no later than May 2020 year. The second and third - respectively in 2021 – 2022 years
- said Ruksha.
At the same time, he added that the three nuclear icebreakers of the 22220 project, which are currently being built in the Baltic Shipyard, will not be enough to complete the tasks, so it was decided to increase the series by two more ships and lay down two more icebreakers of this project.
Ruksha also noted that Russia does not intend to stop at the construction of atomic icebreakers; an icebreaker project with a liquefied gas power plant is currently under discussion.
The Arctic nuclear icebreaker is the lead ship of the 22220 project in a series of three vessels being built at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg under a contract with Rosatom. The series also included the Siberia and Ural icebreakers, which were launched and completed afloat.
The main power plant of icebreakers includes two "Rhythm-200" reactors with thermal capacity of 175 MW each. Its main advantage over other similar installations lies in its compactness and economy, as well as energy-efficient integrated layout.
A feature of the 22220 project icebreakers is the use of variable draft using ballast tanks. Double-deck ships can operate both in deep water and in shallow water in river beds, overcoming ice up to 3-meters thick without losing speed. According to project data, new icebreakers will become the largest and most powerful in the world.