Rosatom wants to attract Chinese and Turkish shipyards to build icebreakers

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Rosatom explores opportunities to involve shipyards in China and Turkey in the construction of icebreakers in Russia

MOSCOW, March 27 – RIA Novosti. The state agency’s Deputy Director of the Northern Sea Route Maxim Kulinko said that Rosatom is exploring the possibility of attracting the competencies of shipyards in China and Turkey to build icebreakers, including non-nuclear ones, in Russia. RIA Novosti.

Considering that Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreakers have “have already proven themselves” on the Northern Sea Route, “serious work” is underway on what additional icebreakers should be built based on the possibility of cargo traffic at 150 NSR. Kulinko stated that by 2030 it is million tons.

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“Today we have three main consumers of ice breaking services. They are Nornickel, Novatek and Rosneft. Each of them sees the need to build two non-nuclear icebreakers, given that the NSR has implemented major investment projects in the coastal region. The geographical characteristics of the implementation of the projects and the exported Depending on the logistics of the products, it is discussed what features the new icebreakers should have.”

“If you explain what it’s called on the fingers, then the width of the icebreaker’s hull and the width of the channel it should lay on the ice is an important consideration. Because every investor plans their ships according to the channel that the icebreaker can lay,” the source added. agencies.

Kulinko noted that the second aspect is the power and range of icebreakers.

“If we say that these icebreakers should not be linear, that is a case. If we say that they should be linear and lay channels east of the NSR, that imposes appropriate technical requirements for both autonomy and fuel reserve and crew and for everything else,” he said.

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According to Kulinko, the possibilities for Rosneft and Norilsk Nickel to join forces and build four icebreakers from a single LK-40 project are currently being studied.

“They can be of non-nuclear type. In any case, our colleagues are satisfied with the features that can largely be taken from the existing nuclear-powered icebreakers that can be built at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Primorye. As for Novatek, we are also actively discussing it,” added the source.

Kulinko said, “We thank the Ministry of Industry and Trade for actively participating in this work. In order to build these icebreakers at domestic facilities, the possibilities of both domestic industry and the possibility of attracting the competencies of foreign shipyards are being investigated.” .

According to him, this is “Turkey, China”. “Both countries have mandates. Both countries submitted their proposals at our request,” he explained.

But it’s important to understand the economics and timing of the construction of icebreakers so that by 2030 there are enough icebreaker “fists” to allow the targets to be met for the transport of goods along the Northern Sea Route.

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