ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Earlier on Thursday, Russia's new Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker, dubbed Arktika, was launched from the Baltic Shipyard in Russia's second-largest city of St. Petersburg. Project 22220 is the world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind.
"This victory [launch] indicates that we are ready for the serial production of new nuclear icebreakers," Kirienko told reporters after the launch.
Currently, the Baltic Shipyard has a contract worth 84.4 billion rubles ($1.2 billion) with Rosatom to build two more Project 22220 icebreakers by 2020. The ships will be commissioned in December 2019 and December 2020 respectively.
The Project 22220 vessel is 189.5 yards long and 37.1 yards wide. The ship displaces 33,540 metric tons. Fitted with two specifically designed RITM-200 nuclear-power reactors, new vessels of this kind will be able to escort convoys in the Arctic, breaking ice up to almost 10 feet thick. Nuclear fuel for the vessel's RITM-200 nuclear-power reactors is to be produced by the TVEL fuel company by the end of the year.