Minister promised nuclear icebreaker by the end of 2006

Publish date: September 29, 2005

Nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy, or 50th anniversary of Victory, the only icebreaker under construction in Russia, can be finished by the end of 2006, the Russian transport minister Igor Levitin said to the journalists in Vladivostok on September 18.

He added that all nuclear icebreakers would be taken out of operation by 2015 and at the moment a new nuclear icebreaker design is being developed. Besides, his ministry has an idea to attract funds from the Russian Investment fund to sponsor nuclear icebreaker construction, Interfax reported.

The Russian state budget is allocating $5.7m in 2006 for the icebreaker construction when $26.6$ is needed. Icebreaker 50 years of Victory’s completion was originally scheduled for 1995, but financial difficulties led to the numerous delays and this year Russia already celebrated 60th anniversary of Victory, but the icebreaker is still not finished.

The keel of the icebreaker was laid in 1989 and it was put into the water at the end of 1993. But due to the lack of financing, construction was suspended. Partial financing was renewed in the late 1990s. A contract for completing the ship was signed by Baltiysky shipyard and the government in February 2003. It will join the other nuclear icebreakers run by the Murmansk Shipping Company in Murmansk.