On Russian Atomic Ice Breaker of Arctic

A nuclear-powered icebreaker is a nuclear-powered ship purpose-built for use in waters covered with ice. Nuclear-powered icebreakers have been constructed by the USSR and later Russia primarily to aid shipping along the Northern Sea Route in the frozen Arctic waterways north of Siberia.

Nuclear-powered icebreakers are much more powerful than their diesel-powered counterparts, and although nuclear propulsion is expensive to install and maintain, very heavy fuel demands and limitations on range can make diesel vessels less practical and economical overall for these ice-breaking duties.

During the winter, the ice along the Northern Sea Route varies in thickness from 1.2 to 2.0 metres (3.9 to 6.5 feet). The ice in central parts of the Arctic Ocean is on average 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) thick. Nuclear-powered icebreakers can force through this ice at speeds up to 10 knots (19 km/h, 12 mph). In ice-free waters the maximum speed of the nuclear-powered icebreakers is as much as 21 knots (39 km/h, 24 mph).

In August 2012 Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation, Rosatom, signed a contract to begin construction on what will be the world’s largest nuclear icebreaker, a “universal” vessel that could navigate both shallower rivers and the freezing depths of the Arctic.

It’s interior is equipped for pleasant life over the cold months on Arctic:


Thanks to Sergey for this new exciting set of photos. News: The Atomic breaker is not available for tourists anymore (which payed almost up to 18000 Euro for a trip on it) and is in use only for government/military operations in future.

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