Third Project 22220 LK-60 icebreaker of Russian Navy to be laid by July 2020

The Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia, which is a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), will lay down the third serial-produced Project 22220 LK-60 nuclear-powered icebreaker, the shipyard’s press office said.
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Third Project 22220 LK 60 icebreaker of Russian Navy to be laid by July 2020 925 001Third Project 22220 serial icebreaker to be laid by July 2020. (Picture source Twitter account TASS)

“On May 26, the Baltic Shipyard will lay down the third serial-produced Project 22220 versatile nuclear-powered icebreaker. The vessel will be designated as Yakutia and will be the fourth nuclear-powered icebreaker in the series. The customer of the icebreaker is the Atomflot Enterprise integrated into Russia’s Rosatom Corporation,” the press office said.

Traditionally, names to icebreakers are chosen among the names of geographic locations along the Northern Sea Route or they repeat the names of Soviet Arktika-class nuclear-powered icebreakers withdrawn from service.

Project 22220 is a series of Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers. As of 2019, three vessels have been launched at Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg and two more are on order. Project 22220 icebreakers are currently the largest and most powerful icebreakers under construction, surpassing their predecessors of the Arktika class.

The icebreaker will have an overall length of 173m, breadth of 34m, a design draught of 10.5m, a minimal operating draught of 8.55m, and a displacement of 33,540t. The dual-draft design will enable it to operate in both arctic waters and mouths of polar rivers. Based on the initial renderings, the vessel is also expected to house a helipad.

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