The lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of the Leader project was laid down at a shipyard in the Far East. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, said on Monday, July 5, in a message on website The Kremlin.
“The construction of a grandiose shipyard is in full swing in the Far East. A dry dock has already been built in Bolshoy Kamen, ”Borisov told the head of state. He expressed hope that Putin will be able to see them during the forum in Vladivostok.
According to Borisov, a heavy-duty icebreaker “Leader” has already been laid down, gas carriers are under construction.
As the Deputy Prime Minister added, historically in Russia “there has always been a bias towards military products.” At present, a serious turning point has begun in this situation, he concluded.
The “Leader” with a capacity of 120 MW will be the first in the world to be able to navigate ships along the Northern Sea Route all year round with an ice thickness of up to four meters. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2027.
In April 2021, Putin announced that Russia is building the most powerful icebreaker fleet in the world. On the same day, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation passed the law on long-term contracts for the provision of services using ships of the nuclear icebreaker fleet.