Russian steelmaker OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works – MMK – is a key steel supplier in the construction of nuclear ice-breakers, including a 60MW universal nuclear ice-breaker known as ‘Arctic’ and currently under construction at the Baltic Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Once built, Arctic will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 22 knots in open water. Equipped with two nuclear reactors the vessel will be the largest and most powerful in the world, according to MMK, and will have a thermal capacity of 175MW.

Arctic will be capable of breaking ice of up to three metres thick, opening up the Northern Sea Route all year round and enabling the delivery of hydrocarbons from their northernmost deposits. Sea trials are scheduled for 2017.

MMK claims that it accounts for 50% of all metal supplies to the Russian shipbuilding industry. Last year the company shipped 78kt of metal to domestic shipbuilders, up 37.2% year-on-year.

Shipbuilding steel is produced at Mill 5000 and certified by Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas of France, the American Bureau of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas in Norway and Germanischer Lloyd, as well as the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and the Russian River Register.