Russia’s New Nuclear Icebreaker, Largest, Most Powerful

NPR has some photos of the launching of Russia’s as yet uncompleted, 568 foot long nuclear powered icebreaker. which will be the largest and most powerful icebreaker in the world. The NPR story provided a link to a Sputniknews story.

According to,

“The Project 22220 vessel is 189.5 yards long (568.5 ft–Chuck) and 37.1 yards wide (111.3 ft). The ship displaces 33,540 metric tons.”

That is almost three times as large as the Polar Star.

A second ship of the class is also expected to be completed before 2020.

Interestingly, while Russian navy projects are frequently subject to delays, this icebreaker is being launched more than a year earlier than originally planned.

Thanks to David for bringing this to my attention. 


8 thoughts on “Russia’s New Nuclear Icebreaker, Largest, Most Powerful

  1. Actually, the original launching date for Arktika was in November 2015, so at least the launching was slightly delayed. However, it does not mean that final delivery of the vessel – scheduled for 2017 – is delayed. Still, the vessel is only 35% complete according to a Russian online forum and was launched without superstructure and reactors.

    However, the other icebreaker projects in Russia are behind schedule: Novorossiysk was supposed to be delivered by the end of 2015 but is still in the shipyard, and Viktor Chernomyrdin is more than two years behind schedule. The former suffers from sanctions and exchange rates, and the latter had some serious design faults.

  2. Information about the new Russian nuclear power system. Notably its interval between refueling will double that of previous icebreakers, up to seven to nine years. By contrast USN carriers and subs are reaching a point where they can go 30 years without refueling.

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