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Putin launched the Yakutia icebreaker into the sea

Putin launched the Yakutia icebreaker into the sea.  Photo: Mikhail Metzel/POOL/TASS

Putin launched the Yakutia icebreaker into the sea. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/POOL/TASS

“Both icebreakers have been laid down as part of a major serial project and are part of our large-scale work to re-equip and replenish the domestic icebreaker fleet,” Vladimir Putin said via video link during the ceremony.

On Tuesday, the flag of Russia was raised at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on the nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural. This is the last part of the ship’s construction – from December it will begin its usual work in our northern seas.

But the Yakutia icebreaker has just launched – it still has two years ahead of it. It’s just that the final work will already take place in a floating form.

– Descent allowed! – the president gave the order for the descent of Yakutia. In a matter of minutes, two workers cut through the metal beam holding the icebreaker to shore, and the gigantic skeleton slowly slid into the sea.

The Yakutia icebreaker has just launched - it has two years left.  Photo: Valentin Yegorshin/TASS

The Yakutia icebreaker has just launched – it has two years left. Photo: Valentin Yegorshin/TASS

Construction of new icebreakers continues. In 2026, the Chukotka will be ready – the ship has the same series as the Ural and Yakutia.

– In addition, in 2027 the construction of the superpowered nuclear icebreaker Rossiya should be completed at the Zvezda shipyard in the Far East – this is really a superpowered icebreaker, there are no examples of this in the world, – the chairman added.

Putin explained that such large icebreakers are necessary for the development of the Northern Sea Route.

“The development of this main transport corridor will enable Russia to fully reveal its export potential and establish effective logistics routes, including to Southeast Asia,” the country’s head explains.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org