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Zvezda shipyard launches construction of world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 13, 2020
The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has launched the construction of the flagship nuclear icebreaker of the Leader project.
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Cutting of the first hull details for the future vessel has taken place in the hull production block of the shipyard.

The flagship icebreaker has been named ‘Russia’.

This vessel will become the most powerful atomic-driven ship in the history of the world shipbuilding.

This technically challenging project has no rivals throughout the world.

Its key task is to provide year-round escort for the commercial fleet along the Northern Sea Route.

The Leader project will become the basis for a new generation of the Russian icebreaker fleet.

The contract on the icebreaker construction was signed between the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and the Atomflot Federal State Unitary Enterprise on April 23, 2020.

The state contractor of the icebreaker is Rosatom.

The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex was chosen as the sole executor of this contract according to the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The completion of the icebreaker construction is scheduled for 2027.

The new ship is 210 metres long, 47 metres wide.

The nuclear-powered ship will be able to make a way about fifty metres wide, providing an opportunity for cost effective year round navigation of transport vessels with carrying capacity over 50 thousand tonnes, as well as gas carriers of Arc7 class with a hull width of 50 metres along the Northern Sea Route.

Before the Leader icebreaker is put into operation, transport ships will be guided through the NSR by nuclear-powered icebreakers with a maximum capacity of 60 MW.