Russia: First Russian serially-produced nuclear icebreaker launched in St Petersburg

«Today, unfortunately, it is impossible to develop the economy in the Northern Sea Route without setting up the icebreaker's fleet.» St Petersburg's Baltic Shipyard launched Russia's first serially-produced nuclear icebreaker, the 'Sibir', on Friday. The new ship is 173 metres (568ft) in length and is equipped with two nuclear reactors. The ship is capable of crushing ice up to three metres... Еще thick, boasting the title of the world's 'most powerful and biggest' nuclear icebreaker. Sibir is expected to be commissioned in November 2020, when it will be employed to transport caravans of naval vessels through arctic conditions, according to ROSATOM (Russian State Atomic energy Corporation). Alongside the Sibir, St Petersburg's Baltic Shipyard is also building icebreaker Ural, expected to be delivered in 2021.

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