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Russia will spend 1,8 billion Euros on four state of the art icebreakers.

The United Shipbuilding Corporation will oversee the build and construction will start next year, in 2012.

The four new icebreakers will be added to another two already in place. A total of six new icebreakers will be in Russian waters in the next years.

Three of the new vessels are to be nuclear powered, the others will have diesel engines.

That is in line with more recent activity in Arctic shipping.

Source: BarentsObserver