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Russian is building a new icebreaker to be delivered in 2015. The shipbuilding company Baltiisky Yard oversees the project of the 25 megawatt vessel to serve the Russian Arctic.

The ice breaker will be the biggest of Russia´s diesel-engine icebreakers and designed to operate in heavy winter ice conditions. Russias fleet will include nuclear and non – nuclear powered vessels.

According to the company, the vessel will be 146,8 meters long and have a deadweight of 22258 tons. It will have a crew of 38 and will be able to operate autonomously for 60 days in up to two meters thick ice.

The construction contract is worth close to 7,5 billion RUB.

So far ships have been chartered out on research operations, search and rescue emergencies as well as touristic expeditions.


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