The entire series is to consist of five sister ships.
The keel for a third Project 22220 nuclear icebreaker is to be laid next year at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg, TASS reports quoting Konstantin Knyazevsky, Deputy CEO, Fleet Construction, Rosatomflot, the operator of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, part of the state owned corporation Rosatom.
According to Konstantin Knyazevsky, the keel for the third icebreaker is to be laid in May-June 2020, and that for the fourth one in May-June 2021.
The first icebreaker in the series, the “Arktika”, is currently 93% completed and is to set off for sea trials on December 12. Two other nuclear icebreakers under construction, the “SIbir” and the “Ural”, are to be delivered before 2022.
All in all, a series of five Project 22220 icebreakers is to be built. The fourth vessel is to start operating in 2024, and the fifth one is to enter service in 2027.
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