Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:43

May 31 - Ural

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Built:               2020
Type:              Icebreaker
Tonnage:        33540 gt
Length:           173 m
Width:               34 m
Speed:              21 kn

Russia has launched another nuclear-powered icebreaker as part of a program designed improve its ability to tap the Arctic's commercial potential by renewing and expanding its fleet of vessels. The ship, the Ural, is one of three Project 22220 icebreakers that when completed will be the largest, most powerful icebreakers in the world. The Ural is due to be handed over to Russia's state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom in 2022.  The ship was constructed by the Baltic Shipyards in St Petersberg and is designed to be crewed by 75 people and will be able to cut through ice up to around 3 metres thick.  Along with sister ships Arktika and Sabir, Russia is looking for the vessels to support what is calls the Northern Sea Route.  This route would bypass Europe, Africa and Asia altogether, cutting a long expensive shipping route down, and would be easy for Russia to control.









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