On July 6, at the Zvezda shipyard in the Far East, the construction of the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker called Russia has begun, the state corporation Rosatomflot reported. The vessel is a part of the project 10510 “Leader”.
The icebreaker will be twice as powerful as the existing ones, as for its construction the most advanced technologies and materials will be used, VM.RU reports. It will be able to crack ice 4 metres thick. Its width of the passage between the ice will be 50 metres, which will allow large tonnage vessels to follow the icebreaker, while the widest strip of clean water left by icebreakers today is 30 metres.
It is specified that the most important is the “commercial speed” of the vessel, so it will be able to go on an ice field 2 metres thick at a speed of 12 knots per hour. The power of its screws will be 120 megawatts. It is noted, that the crew of the vessel will be approximately the same as on the “old” ones since the control is optimized and performed using powerful IT systems. That is why about 127 billion rubles were allocated for the construction of the icebreaker.