To the 60th anniversary of the Nuclear Icebreaker Fleet

To the 60th anniversary of the Nuclear Icebreaker Fleet

The history of Russia’s Nuclear Icebreaker Fleet dates back to December 3, 1959, when a state committee signed a certificate, approving the world’s first-ever nuclear-powered civilian vessel for operation, the icebreaker Lenin

Laid down in August 1956 at the Admiralty Shipyard, the ship was built within the shortest possible timeframe – she was floated out no later than in 16 months. Her unique features boosted the exploration of the Northern Sea Route to a new level.

Having combined their efforts, Russian shipbuilders created a unique and so far, unsurpassed Nuclear Icebreaker Fleet over the past 60 years, giving our country an edge in implementation of new Arctic projects for decades to come.

The year 2018 witnessed the birth of three icebreakers, delivered by the United Shipbuilding Corp. (USC), namely Evgeny Primakov, Alexander Sannikov, and Andrey Vilkitsky. Today, work is apace at the Baltic Shipyard to build three 60mW Project 22220 giant icebreakers.

One has to note that this sector is one of the prominent trends in the world. USC possesses everything there is to design and build special ice-capable vessels. Taking full advantage of the enormous experience generated by predecessors, USC’s staff are engaged in new projects, continuing down the glorious path of shipbuilding development in Russia.