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Arktika arrived to its homeport Murmansk

Arktika arrived to its homeport Murmansk

On 12 October 2020, Project 22220's lead nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Arktika, completed the transition from Saint-Petersburg to its home port of Murmansk, according to the FSUE Atomflot press center.

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The ship docked at the Atomflot base, covering nearly 4,800 nautical miles over 21 days.

The design features of the icebreaker have been confirmed under ice conditions, according to Konstantin Knyazevsky, Deputy General Director, Fleet Construction, Head of the Representative Office in Saint-Petersburg, Atomflot.

The Arktika crew tested the operation of the rudder propeller unit and electric propulsion system of the icebreaker in ice floes of different thicknesses.

As previously reported, Project 22220 's lead nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Arktika, left the Baltiysky Zavod JSC outfitting quay for Murmansk on 22 September 2020.  The ship reached  the geographical point of the North Pole on 3 October 2020.

The ceremony is scheduled for 21 October 2020 to deliver the lead icebreaker to FSUE Atomflot and to hoist the flag of the Russian Federation on board the ship.

On 5 November 2013, the lead icebreaker of Project 22220, Arktika, ordered by the Rosatom State Corporation, was laid down at the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard and launched on 16 June 2016. The 22220 ships will be the world's largest and most powerful icebreakers powered by nuclear power.

Project 22220's nuclear-powered icebreakers are fitted with two 175 MW RITM-200 reactors. The 22220 ships will be the largest and most powerful (60 MW) nuclear-powered icebreakers in the world.

RITM-200 is a two-reactor plant specially designed for the icebreaking fleet by Afrikantov OKBM. Its design features an energy-efficient integrated layout, allowing the main equipment to be placed directly within the casing of the steam generating unit.

The Baltiysky Zavod shipyard is constructing three LK-60 60MW Project 22220 icebreakers under a contract with FSUE Rosatomflot. The lead icebreaker, the Arktika, is scheduled for delivery in May 2020. The Sibir and the Ural will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.

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