The Russian Federation Navy commissioned into service a new 6,000 tonne icebreaker during a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg on 30 November.
The Project 21180 vessel, named Ilya Muromets , is the first new ice breaker to be built for the Russian Navy in more than 40 years.
It will be used primarily to assist in the clearing of routes through the frozen Arctic for further exploration for oil and other minerals.
Admiralty Shipyard started construction on Ilya Muromets in April 2015 and it was launched in June 2016. The project was developed by Vympel design bureau (Nizhny Novgorod) and Admiralty Shipyard’s engineering department.
The icebreaker has an overall length of 85 m, a 20 m beam, and a 7 m draft. It can travel at a top speed of 15 kt and can break ice to a maximum height of 1 m. Crew complement is 32. It can launch and recover a helicopter on its bow helipad.
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