The world’s most powerful two-reactor nuclear icebreaker Sibir, during a solemn ceremony, was launched from the Stalks of the Baltic plant in St. Petersburg today, September 22, IA Nevsky Novosti reported .
Two-reactor 173-meter icebreaker is designed for cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route. The height of the giant ship is more than 15 m, and the displacement is 33.5 thousand tons. In addition, the two-reactor “RITM-200” will be installed on the icebreaker. The capacity of each reactor will exceed 23 thousand horsepower, and one fuel load of “Siberia” will last for as long as seven years, reports Ridus .
The ship’s tasks will include shipboarding from the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas, as well as from the Kara Sea shelf to the markets of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Even taking into account the three-meter ice “Siberia” can move at a speed of 2 knots.
The ship was laid in May 2015, but finally it will be put into operation only in 2020. Now “Siberia” is to be completed. The deadline for delivery of the icebreaker had to be shifted due to problems with the delivery of turbine equipment for propulsion systems. The first and main ship was the Arctic, which was launched in June 2016.