The Financial Express

Russia to build another nuclear icebreaker

FE ONLINE DESK | Published: April 25, 2020 15:03:32 | Updated: April 27, 2020 16:26:01

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FSUE Atomflot, a subsidiary of Rostaom State Corporation of Russia, has signed a contract with a Russian shipbuilder Zvezda for construction of the nuclear icebreaker -Leader.

FSUE Atomflot Director General Mustafa Kashka and Zvezda Director General Sergey Tseluyko inked the deal on behalf of their respective sides on Thursday.   

According to the agreement, Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will act as the sole contractor for the Rosatom project, says a media release

The vessel is expected to be commissioned in 2027, it said.

The nuclear icebreaker will allow Russia to ensure safe and regular operations in the eastern region of the Arctic Ocean, year-round navigation in the waters of the Northern Sea Route.

The nuclear icebreaker, Leader will be equipped with two RITM-400 nuclear reactors with a total caoacity of 120 MW. The icebreaker ship will be 209 metres long and 47.7 metres wide.

It will have maximum speed of 22 knots and maximum ice penetration capacity of 4.0 metres.

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