Russia to Design Nuke Reactor Recharging Ship

Rubric: Russia, Industry

Iceberg Design Bureau won the tender of Russia’s Ministry of Industry & Trade for creation of a technical project for a multifunctional nuclear maintenance ship (MNMS). Such ship is needed to maintain Project 22220 icebreakers and Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant.

According to the tender documents available to Mil.Today, the floating service base will be designed for maintenance of ships and sea structures powered by reactor plants Ritm-200, KLT-40S, and prospective Ritm-400. In particular, the auxiliary ship will be capable to recharge, store, and carry new and spent nuclear fuel.

Imandra nuclear service ship

The need of building the new MNMS project is grounded by the fact that Imandra nuclear service ship, being operated by Atomflot for over 35 years and servicing last-generation shipborne water-cooled and water-moderated reactors, cannot be retrofitted for new nuclear powerplants.

The MNMS project development will cost 490 mln rubles. Supposedly, research & design works will be finished by the end of 2018.

According to Sevmash Shipyard press service, in 1960’s the company built four Project 326 floating technical bases to recharge nuke subs and has too vast expertise in science-intensive production to feel any problems regarding implementation of such project.

"It is rather the issue of the shipyard’s workload and desire of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as a state customer, to see us as contractors", commented the shipyard’s officials.

Imandra, the ship to be replaced with a new project, was built in 1980 by Baltiysky Zavod shipyard. Mil.Today failed to receive any prompt comments from the St. Petersburg shipbuilders regarding potential construction of the floating repair base.

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant

Akademik Lomonosov is the floating nuclear powerplant being built by Baltiysky Zavod. Its commissioning is scheduled in 2019. The plant is to provide energy to Russia’s northernmost town, Pevek.

Besides, Baltiysky Zavod builds project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreakers Arktika, Sibir and Ural. These ships are expected to join Atomflot in 2019, 2021 and 2022, respectively.