New generation icebreaker to be launched in May 2016
The head ship of Arktika Project 22220 will be floated out in May 2016, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Baltic Shipyard project manager for the construction of universal nuclear icebreakers Sergei Chernogubovsky.
"We'll float the new nuclear icebreaker next May, the day of the 160th anniversary of the shipyard," he added.
This universal double-hull nuclear-powered icebreaker will be the largest and most powerful in the world. It will measure 173.3 meters in length and 34 meters in width, with a displacement of 33,540 metric tons. It will be powered by a two-reactor power plant, with most of the vapor produced by the new generation RITM-200 pressurized water reactor specifically designed for this vessel.