Thanks to one more photographer, Alexey K, there is one more look on the Russian atomic icebreakers stationed in the city of Murmansk. We won’t go into much detail with this one but the photos are pretty much impressive – like this first one – of the ice breaker called “Soviet Union”. It’s not active now. See more inside:
“Arctica” is non-active one too.
“Siberia”. Non active too. This doesn’t mean they are commissioned and would never work again, no, some of them just hit their service limit and the next service might be no earlier than 2016, so they stay here.
This is the spot which contacts the convoyed ship.
The propeller consists of four blade and which one weighs 5 tons! The ship is stocked with spare blades in case of damage and there is a diver in the crew who can perform the repairs out in “the field”. Field of ice.
Different classes of the icebreakers – different size, technical parameters and power of engines.
This place is guarded.
The wear and tear of the ice breaker.
Actually it doesn’t crush the ice by just bumping into it, no. This works like this – the ice breaker first ascends on the ice, like the seal going out of water to the shore sand. And then because its pretty much heavy the ice cracks under it and it falls down in the water to repeat this again and again.
Big thanks to Alexey for making awesome photos!