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it was stated during the visit of Yuriy Borisov, Vice Chairman of the RF Government to Primorye.

The meeting headed by Vice Chairman brought together  executives of the Russian Ministry of Defence, Rosneft company, shipbuilding companies, whereas Primorsky kray was presented by Alexander Kostenko, the first vice governor, on behalf of the head of the region.

As Yuriy Borisov said, several ultramodern ice-breakers are to be build pursuant to the presidential instruction of Vladimir Putin on development of the Northern Sea Route. One of them is an ice-breaker “Leader”, 120 megawatt, the only one of its kind in the world, it shall be commissioned in 2027.

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Two shipyards are currently under consideration to determine which of them shall build the icebreaker. One is the Baltic shipyard in Saint Petersburg and the other is Zvezda in Primorye. There are some criteria of the shipyard selection, the main ones are minimal expenses and delivery dates for the project, – stressed the vice prime minister.

Yuriy Borisov noticed that the place to construct the icebreaker shall be decided by the mid-July 2018, and the keel laying of the vessel will take place in 2020 at the latest.

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During his visit Yuriy Borisov also inspected the existing production facilities of the shipbuilding complex, in particular, Vice Premier visited a hull production shop, where ice class vessels are now being constructed. Vice Chairman also inspected a building site of the dry dock of Zvezda shipbuilding complex.

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Yuriy Borisov marked high rate of construction and named the shipbuilding complex as a unique one.

Alexander Kostenko, the first vice-governor of Primorye, stressed that construction of the largest icebreaker in Bolshoy Kamen will provide a stimulating impulse for development of both regional shipbuilding industry and the region in whole.

“Administration of Primorskiy kray will render any assistance for the project implementation if the shipyard will get the order”, – told deputy head of the region.

It should be reminded, that modern shipyard “Zvezda” is being built at the territory of ship repairing yard and sites adjacent to it in Bolshoy Kamen bay under the control of the President and the Russian government. Vessels of any complexity, characteristics and purposes including previously not produced in Russia will be built here at the shipyard. In September 2017 an official ceremony of keel laying of the first four vessels was held at the shipyard with the participation of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.

 

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