The laying of the third serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of the Arctic Project 22220 will be carried out on May 26 at the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard. This was reported by the press service of the enterprise.
As stated at the Baltic Shipyard, the icebreaker planned for laying will receive the name Yakutia. Atomflot FSUE still acts as the construction customer. The bookmark date of the fifth icebreaker of the series has not yet been determined. It is planned that Yakutia will be commissioned to the customer in 2024, and the fifth icebreaker of the series - in 2027.
On May 26, a technical laying of the third serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 22220 will take place at the Baltic Shipyard. The new icebreaker will be named Yakutia and will become the fourth nuclear-powered icebreaker of the series. (...)
- said in a statement.
Earlier it was reported that the laying of the icebreaker will take place in May 2020, but the exact date was not specified due to the uncertainty in the situation with the coronavirus, as further restrictions could be introduced.
The planned icebreaker will be the fourth vessel of project 22220 and the third serial. The leading icebreaker of the Arctic series is undergoing sea trials; its transfer was scheduled for May this year. The first production icebreaker Siberia was laid in 2015, the second - Ural - in 2016. At present, both icebreakers are being completed afloat, the deadline for commissioning Siberia is 2021, and the Urals 2022.
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.