Baltic yard wins nuclear icebreaker contract

Russia is starting the construction of a new class of nuclear icebreakers. Photo: BarentsObserver/Rosatomflot

The Baltiysky Zavod in Sankt Petersburg will build Russia’s next nuclear-powered icebreaker, the first in the country’s new series of icebreaking vessels.


The yard was the only company, which participated in the tender announced on the 29 June this year, reports.

According to Rosatom, the state-owned nuclear power enterprise which manages the vessels, the new vessel will be the flagship in Russia’s next generation of icebreakers.

General Director of Rosatomflot, Vyacheslav Ruksha earlier confirmed to BarentsObserver that a construction contract is planned signed in September and that construction can start by the end of 2012.

The 173 meter long and 33 thousand ton deadweight vessel will have a keel depth of 10,5 meters and be able to operate both in the Barents, Pechora and Kara Seas, as well as on the Yenisey River and in the Ob Bay. It will have two reactors of the type Ritm-200. The number of crew members will be 75. The ship is to be ready for sailing and delivered to Atomflot’s base in Murmansk by 30 December 2017. The price for the vessel will be 37 billion RUB (€900 million). 

The Baltitiysky Zavod is one of Russia’ leading shipyards both within military and civilian shipbuilding. The yard has built all of Russia nine nuclear-powered icebreakers. Three of the vessels, the “Lenin”, the “Arktika” and the “Sibir”, have been taken out of service. The “Lenin” is currently docked in the Murmansk port and is used as museum ship.