Russia’s largest diesel-electric icebreaker is officially in service with a full load displacement of 22000 tons
On November 3, local time, the world’s largest diesel-electric icebreaker “Victor Chernomyrdin” was officially entered into service in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the icebreaker flag-raising ceremony and delivered a speech.
Putin stated that Russia maintains a leading position in the field of Arctic research and development.
In the future, it will continue to strengthen and update the icebreaker fleet, and continue to introduce new technologies into the construction of icebreakers.
There are currently many new diesel-electric and nuclear-powered icebreakers under construction.
Russia’s “Viktor Chernomyrdin” icebreaker is currently the world’s largest diesel-electric icebreaker.
The ship can carry two multifunctional helicopters with a full load displacement of 22,000 tons and a maximum speed of 17 knots in the ice-free zone.
It has the power to move forward and backward at a speed of 2 knots in a layer of ice with a thickness of 3 meters.
According to the official Russian plan, the “Viktor Chernomyrdin” icebreaker will mainly serve in the Arctic in the future, for icebreaking piloting, towing ships, and firefighting and rescue.
In the future, it will also take on the task of transporting and replenishing the North and South Arctic expeditions.