The most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker in the world "Viktor Chernomyrdin" will be delivered to the customer no later than November 1, 2020 and will operate in the Baltic. Writes about it "Kommersant" with reference to sources in the USC.
As the newspaper writes, the new date for the delivery of the diesel-electric icebreaker Viktor Chernomyrdin is November 1, 2020. However, it is noted that the terms are taken "with a margin", the transfer of the icebreaker will take place in September this year. At the same time, it is stated that the icebreaker, built for work on the Northern Sea Route, will be operated in the Baltic Sea, it is possible that it will participate in expeditions.
According to USC sources, the icebreaker will be delivered without ice tests, since they need ice with certain characteristics, which happens in April-May, and it will take too long to wait for the onset of spring. If any shortcomings are subsequently identified, the shipyard will correct them within the framework of the current warranty.
At the end of December last year, it was reported that the Viktor Chernomyrdin icebreaker was technically ready, the crew was formed, the ship passed all the necessary mooring and sea trials, however, the transfer to the customer was postponed again due to inconsistency of financial and legal issues with the customer.
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.