Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

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:

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

“Arctica” is non-active one too.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

“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.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

This is the spot which contacts the convoyed ship.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

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.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Different classes of the icebreakers – different size, technical parameters and power of engines.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

This place is guarded.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

The wear and tear of the ice breaker.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

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.

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Russian Atomic Ice Breakers Up Close

Big thanks to Alexey for making awesome photos!

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