Russians launching icebreakers left and center

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Russians launching icebreakers left and center

Postby JK » Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:13 am

Admiralteiskie Verfi has launched the icebreaker ‘Ilya of Murom’ which is being built for the Russian Navy.

‘Ilya of Murom’ is a single-deck multitask vessel designed to support naval forces in icy conditions. The vessel combines the capabilities of sea-going tug, icebreaker and patrol ship and will be used to support of Arctic forces of Russian Navy.

The icebreaker is a diesel-electric ship that can carry 35 crew. It uses fully rotatable mechanical double-screw pod drives and a bow thruster to increase the manoeuvring abilities of the vessel during operations in icy conditions.

The ‘Ilya of Murom’ measures 85 metres long, has a beam of 20 metres, a draught of 6.8 metres and its displacement is 6,000 tonnes. It has an operating range of up to 7,800 nautical miles and can pass through ice up to 1.5 metres thick.

This is a big guy!

A nuclear-powered icebreaker, the ‘Arktika’, has been launched at Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg, Russia.

The ship, with a displacement of 33,500 tonnes, is 173 metres long and 34 metres wide, and will be able to reach speeds of up to 22 knots.

The vessel will be able to pilot convoys of vessels in arctic conditions, breaking ice up to three metres thick.

The ‘Arktika’ is the first of three vessels to be launched as part of Russia’s nuclear ice-breaker fleet renewal.

It is expected to be delivered to FSUE Atomflot by the end of 2017.

The icebreaker will be operated in the Barents Sea, Pechora Sea and Kara Sea, as well as in shallow water of the Yenisei estuary and in the area of the Gulf of Ob.

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