[Nuclear.Ru, 13 February; Bellona, 23 February] Russia’s sixth and largest Arktika-class icebreaker, 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory), has successfully completed a two-week program of sea trials in the Gulf of Finland and in the Baltic Sea. The ship – originally launched in 1993 as NS Ural – is 25,000 dwt, powered by two 171 MW OK-900 reactors and is designed to break through ice up to 2.8 m thick. It is 159 m long and 30 m wide. The vessel – to be operated by the Murmansk Shipping Company – has been under construction since 1989. Russia will need six to ten new nuclear-powered icebreakers in the next 20 years, as demand for them grows with the development of the Arctic shelf and increased traffic along the Northern sea route.
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