RS Class: New Lead Icebreaker Launched in Vyborg

May 5, 2014

The official ceremony of launching a lead icebreaker Vladivostok of a new generation project 21900 took place on 29 April 2014 at ОАО Vyborg Shipyard. The ship is built to the class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS): KM✪ Icebreaker6 [2] AUT1-ICS FF2 BWM EPP ECO HELIDECK Special purpose ship. The construction is conducted under the Federal Target Programme ‘Development of the Transport System of Russia (2010 - 2015)’.

The new icebreaker is a double decker equipped with a helideck, about 10 000 t displacement, two azimuth thrusters and thrust unit, capable of overriding ice up to 1.5 metres thick. It is designed for large ship escort, towage, fire extinguishing on board floating facilities and other structures, cargo transportation and assistance to ships in distress.

Main particulars:
•    length - 119.8 m;
•    breadth - 27.5 m;
•    depth - 12.4 m;
•    deadweight - 5,340 t;
•    gross tonnage - 11,649.
RS experts exercise the icebreaker construction survey in accordance with the requirements of RS Rules and statutory requirements, carry out the surveys of the hull, machinery, electrical and automation equipment. Based on the surveys as well as on mooring tests and sea trials, an RS classification certificate and a set of statutory certificates will be issued for the ship.

The series planned for construction to RS class will include three ships of the project. The first one will be named Vladivostok and the two successive ones Murmansk and Novorossiysk accordingly. The pilot ship delivery to the customer is planned for May 2015.

Source: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping