New Large Russian Nuclear Icebreaker

By Keith Henderson at February 23, 2012 07:49
Filed Under: General, Industry Events

Owners of the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet, Rosatomflot, have announced a new giant LK60 Class of nuclear icebreaker, construction of which is planned to commence later this year.


Caption: Artist’s impression of the LK60
Image credit: Rosatomflot

Tenders for the project will be invited this summer for the estimated US $1.4 billion (€ 1.1 billion) project which is expected to have a construction duration of six years giving an in service date of 2018.

The tender is open to foreign bidders. A previous nuclear icebreaker, the Vaygach was built in Finland and completed in 1990 with the nuclear plant being installed at the Russian Baltiysky Shipyard in St Petersburg. The most recent Russian nuclear icebreaker is the 50 Let Pobedy built at Baltiysky Shipyard and completed in 2007.


Caption: The 34 m beam cuts a wider channel for larger tankers to transit the Northern Sea Route
Image credit: Rosatomflot

The LK60 has a massive beam of 112 ft (34 m) and draft of up to 35.4 ft (10.8 m). This will allow the creation of a wide enough channel through the ice for larger tankers. The nuclear reactor is rated at 60MW and will power a three shaft propulsion arrangement, capable of operating in ice thicknesses of up to 9.8 ft (3.0 m).

As the extent of ice recedes due to global warming, the prodigious power of the LK60 will allow Rosatomflot to keep the Northern Sea Route open through the winter months, thereby offering this shorter route between Europe and Asia as a permanent all year round, rather than seasonal route.

When the LK60 enters service, it will replace one of the Arktika class nuclear icebreaker  and one Taimyr class nuclear icebreaker.

In December 2011, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Russia received and order from the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport Rosmorport for four diesel electric icebreakers, one of 25 MW and three of 16 MW.


Caption: Drawing of the LK60 showing hull and propulsion arrangement
Image credit: Rosatomflot

Comments (3) -

The Russians are -and always have been- light years ahead of the rest of the world and the USA in icebreaker technology and deployment.

john anderson |     2/29/2012 10:18:26 AM #

How about if climate would not change? Is then the LK60 any more necessary.
What is its length?
regards
Berger

Berger |     2/29/2012 1:31:38 PM #

The Canadians are about to build one ice breaker
They should have bought one of these or their 2 x used brokeras from the Russians and got a deal !
j may
Vancouver
Canada

j may |     3/1/2012 9:54:03 PM #

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