The universal nuclear icebreaker Arktika – described as the world’s largest and most powerful of its kind – was floated out in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday.

The vessel relies heavily upon metal supplied by OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK).

The Russian steelmaker, one of the world’s largest, accounts for over 50% of all metal supplied to Russia’s shipbuilding industry. Last year, MMK shipped 86kt of metal to domestic ship builders, up nearly 11% year-on-year.

MMK-produced steel is used to construct a number of modern icebreakers, including the diesel-electric icebreaker Aker ARC 130 А and the Victor Chernomyrdin, the largest multi-functional line diesel-electric icebreaker.

Arktika is set for sea trials in 2017. This ship has a draught of 33,500 tonnes, is 173m long and 34m wide and is capable of speeds up to 22 knots. It will be able to pilot convoys of vessels in arctic conditions, breaking ice up to 3m wide.

MMK’s steel production for the shipbuilding industry has expanded following the commissioning of the thick plate Mill 5000 in 2009, which can produce steel used to manufacture the Russian naval fleet, tankers and modern ice-class vessels.

Mill 5000 steel for shipbuilding is certified by Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas of France, the American Bureau of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas in Norway, Germanischer Lloyd, and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.