The delivery deadline for the world's most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker Viktor Chernomyrdin, project 22600, has been postponed again, now in the first quarter of 2020. According to the newspaper "Kommersant", the postponement of the date of delivery of the vessel has nothing to do with the technical readiness of the vessel.
The transfer of the Viktor Chernomyrdin diesel-electric icebreaker has been rescheduled again, this time in the first quarter of 2020. According to the publication, USC is not ready to transfer the vessel to the customer, as this will lead to fines and penalties in the amount of about 1 billion rubles. The thing is that the postponement of the delivery of the icebreaker to December 25, 2019 was not executed by a government decree, according to the latest order, the delivery of the icebreaker under the contract was postponed to September 30, 2018. If there is no new document, then Rosmorport will be forced to set penalties and late fees.
At the same time, it is reported that the icebreaker is technically ready, the crew is formed, the ship passed mooring and sea trials. After the transfer to the customer, the icebreaker will operate on the Northern Sea Route.
It is assumed that the official transfer of the vessel will occur immediately after the settlement of all financial and legal issues with the customer, as well as the receipt of the necessary documents from the relevant ministries and departments. The planned deadline for the delivery of the icebreaker is the first quarter of 2020.
The icebreaker of project 22600 was built by order of the FSUE "Rosmorport" according to the contract signed with USC in December 2011. The icebreaker was laid down at Baltic Shipyard-Shipbuilding LLC on October 10, 2012. According to the plans of shipbuilders, the icebreaker should be commissioned in 2015, but in 2013 the construction was stopped due to gross errors during the development of the design documentation for the vessel, as a result of which the design overweight on the mass of the icebreaker was about 2,5 thousand tons.
The construction of the icebreaker for the redesigned project was resumed at BSZ only in the second half of 2016, and in September 2017, the icebreaker Viktor Chernomyrdin of the 22600 project (LC-25) was transferred for completion afloat from Baltiysky Zavodostroenie LLC to the opposite shore Neva on the JSC "Admiralty Shipyards". The reason for this was the workload of the BSZ on the construction of the 22220 project icebreakers (LK-60Я).
However, the misfortunes did not end there: in November 2018, a fire occurred on the vessel under construction, as a result of which part of the icebreaker equipment was damaged. The consequence of the fire was another shift in the delivery of the icebreaker to the right due to damage to imported equipment, which was being replaced in Korea and Europe.