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Nuclear icebreaker “Siberia” complets tests in the Gulf of Finland

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S.-PETERSBURG (RIA Novosti): The universal nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 22220 “Siberia” has completed the program of factory sea trials, the press service of the Baltic Shipyard (part of the USC ) reported.
“On November 30, the first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 22-220” Siberia “returned to t-he Baltic Shipyard after the completion of the main sta-ge of the program of factory sea trials,” message says.
The icebreaker Sibir spent more than two weeks in the water area of the Gulf of Finland.
“During this period, the factory commissioning team, together with the icebreaker’s crew and representatives of contractor organizations, checked the operation of the icebreaker’s mechanisms and equipment, tested the steam turbine unit, the ship’s electric propulsion systems, the operation of the shaft lines and deck mechanisms (anchor and steering gear),” the press service said.
It is noted that the speed and maneuvering characteristics of the icebreaker have been tested in real sea conditions, the operation of general ship systems, automation, communication and navigation systems has been tested.
The nuclear-powered icebreaker “Siberia” is the second ship of Project 22220 under construction at the Baltic Shipyard. Its laying ceremony took place on May 26, 2015, launching on September 22, 2017. In the near future, the specialists of the Baltic Shipyard will deal with the elimination of the remarks identified during the tests. The vessel is expected to be handed over to the customer, Rosatom, by the end of this year.
Nuclear icebreakers of project 22220 with a capacity of 60 MW are currently the largest and most powerful in the world. They are needed to ensure Russian leadership in the Arctic. The length of the vessel will be 173.3 meters, width – 34 meters, displacement – 33.5 thousand tons. These icebreakers will be able to navigate convoys of ships in arctic conditions, breaking through ice up to three meters thick. They will provide pilotage of vessels with hydrocarbons from the fields of the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas and from the shelf of the Kara Sea to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region.
The lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220 Arktika, built at the Baltic Shipyard, was transferred to Rosatom in October 2020. At present, four serial nuclear-powered ships of this project are being built at the Baltic Shipyard – Siberia, Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka.

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