Vyborg launches icebreaker

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OAO Vyborg Shipyard has recently launched the 5,340DWT icebreaker 'Vladisvostok'.

Constructed under survey to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), the 11,649GRT vessel measures 120 metres in length, with a breadth of 27.5 metres, and a depth of 12.4 metres.

Part of Project 21900M and contributing to Russia's Development of the Transport System of Russia federal target program, the Arctech-designed ship is the first of a next-generation series of icebreakers intended to replace the ageing Moskva and Sankt-Peterburg series' of vessels.

The double-decker vessel displaces 10,000 tonnes and comes equipped with a helideck and azimuthing thrusters. The vessel will reportedly be capable of travelling through ice up to 1.5 metres thick, and is designed for operations such as large ship escort, towage, fire fighting, offshore support, cargo transport, and rescue operations.

The vessel will perform these operations, as well as extensive icebreaking navigation operations, throughout the Gulf of Finland during winter months.

The 'Vladivostok' will be delivered in mid-2015. The remaining two vessels in the series, meanwhile, will be named 'Murmansk' and 'Novorossiysk' and will be delivered in succession.

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