The Ilya Muromets diesel-and electric-powered icebreaker, the lead ship of project 21180 for the Russian Navy, will be laid down at St Petersburg’s Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard on Thursday.
The first auxiliary ship of that type will be built for the Russian Northern Fleet. It will be used to provide ice-breaker support, to deploy forces in conditions of heavy ice and to tug warships.
The Ilya Muromets will have a displaceent of 6,000 tonnes. It will be capable of making a two-month autonomous voyage to a distance of up to 12,000 nautical miles with a crew of 32. The vessel will be capable of moving through 80-centimetre thinck ice.