On October, Ural, which is the second serial nuclear icebreaker of project 22220, successfully completed the program of contractor sea trials.
The Ural nuclear-powered vessel spent more than two weeks in the waters of the Gulf of Finland and, after successfully completing the program of sea trials, returned to the fitting quay of the Baltic Shipyard (a part of USC). Over the aforesaid period, the factory delivery team, together with the icebreaker crew and representatives of counterparty organizations, checked the speed performance of the icebreaker, its maneuverability characteristics, examined the operation of the icebreaker's mechanisms and equipment, automation, communication, and navigation systems, tested the steam turbine unit, the ship's electric propulsion systems, the work of shaft lines and deck machinery (anchor and steering gear).
In the near future the vessel will leave for its home port of Murmansk where it will be delivered to the customer.
The Ural universal nuclear icebreaker is the third vessel of project 22220 built at the Baltic Shipyard. The keel laying ceremony took place on July 25, 2016. The vessel was launched on May 26, 2019.
Project 22220 universal nuclear icebreakers are the world's largest and most powerful ice-breaking vessels. Their main purpose is to ensure year-round navigation in the Western part of the Arctic region. In the coming years, vessels of this project are supposed to become the basis of Russia's civil ice-breaking fleet.