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Arktika (2016 icebreaker)

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Operator  Rosatomflot, Rosatom
In service  2018 (planned)
Launched  16 June 2016
Weight  33,540 tons
Laid down  5 November 2013
Construction started  5 November 2013
Length  173 m
Name  Arktika (Арктика - Arctic)
Builder  Baltic Shipyard, Saint Petersburg
Class and type  LK-60Ya-class icebreaker

NS Arktika (Russian: Арктика) is a nuclear-powered icebreaker of the Russian LK-60Ya class icebreakers.

Construction of the ship began in the Baltic Shipyard (Baltiysky Zavod), a subsidiary of USC (United Shipbuilding Corporation), in St. Petersburg on 5 November 2013 and the ship was launched on 16 June 2016. For further information on the ship's design, construction and propulsion system, see LK-60Ya class icebreaker.

Designed for 40 years of reactor life, Arktika will require refuelling every seven years with less than 20% uranium-235 enriched fuel. The new icebreaker is able to navigate through ice up to almost three meters thick. This vessel is designed to operate in the cold Arctic waters, it cannot traverse to the Antarctic: in the course of such a voyage, the temperature in some compartments would rise to 50 degrees Celsius even at low reactor power settings. The cost of one RITM-200 reactor is 8 billion rubles (US$0.13 billion).

On 2 September 2016, Baltic Shipyard installed the first RITM-200 nuclear reactor steam generator and twenty days later completed the installation of the second RITM-200 nuclear reactor. Each reactor has a 175 MW thermal capacity.

References

Arktika (2016 icebreaker) Wikipedia


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