The icebreaker set sail on January 12. In Murmansk, the Sibir will start operating along the Northern Sea Route.

Iran Press/ Europe: The Sibir nuclear-powered icebreaker is the second vessel of Project 22220, built by the Baltic Shipyard by order of the Atomflot company. 

The ship arrived from St. Petersburg, where it was the second of Project 22220, or Arktika-class icebreakers, to be built by Baltic Shipyard for Rosatom subsidiary Atomflot.

The ship is about 173 meters in length, 34 meters wide and has a displacement of 25,540 tonnes.

Project 22220 universal nuclear-powered icebreakers are the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaking ships. Their main task is to provide year-round navigation in the western Arctic. In the years to come, the Project 22220 icebreakers are expected to form the backbone of Russia’s civil icebreaker fleet.

The first ship in the series, the Arktika, already did such work this winter, sailing to Russia’s eastern Arctic waters to assist vessels caught in an early freeze-up. It also sailed to the North Pole during sea trials in 2020. 219