50 Let Pobedy
|Name:||50 Let Pobedy (50 лет Победы)|
|Port of registry:||Murmansk, Russia|
|Builder:||Baltic Shipyard, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Laid down:||October 4, 2004|
|In service:||March 12, 2007|
|Class & type:||Arktika-class nuclear icebreaker|
|Length:||159.60 m (523 ft 7 in)|
|Draught:||11.08 m (36 ft 4 in)|
|Depth:||17.2 m (56 ft 5 in)|
|Installed power:||Two OK-900A nuclear reactors (2 × 27,6 MW)|
|Speed:||21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph) (max)|
NS 50 Let Pobedy (Russian: 50 лет Победы), translated as 50 Years of Victory or Fiftieth Anniversary of Victory, is a Russian Arktika-class nuclear-powered icebreaker and the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world.
Construction on project no. 10521 started on October 4, 1989 at the Baltic Works in Leningrad (currently Saint Petersburg), USSR. Originally the ship was named NS Ural. Work was halted in 1994 for lack of funds, so that the actual fiftieth anniversary of Victory Day, in 1995, found the ship in an abandoned state. Construction was restarted in 2003.
On 30 November 2004, a fire broke out on the ship. All workers aboard the vessel had to be evacuated while the fire crews battled the fire for some 20 hours before getting it under control; one worker was sent to the hospital. There was no threat of radioactive contamination as the nuclear reactor did not yet have fuel inside.
Upon completing sea trials, the icebreaker returned to St. Petersburg Baltic shipyard and started preparations for her maiden voyage to Murmansk. The new ship showed superior characteristics for an icebreaker, such as exceptional maneuverability and a top speed of 21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph).
She arrived at her homeport Murmansk on April 11, 2007.
The icebreaker is an upgrade of the Arktika-class. The 159.60 m (524 ft) long and 30.0 m (98 ft) wide vessel, with a displacement of 25840 metric tons, is designed to break through ice up to 5 meters (16.4 feet) thick. She has a 140-man crew.
Fiftieth Anniversary of Victory is also an experimental project; for the first time in the history of Russian icebreakers it used a spoon-shaped bow. As predicted by the ship's designers, such a shape increases the efficiency of the ship's efforts in breaking the ice. The icebreaker is equipped with an all-new digital automated control system. The biological shielding complex was heavily modernized and re-certified by the State Commission. A new ecological compartment was created.
The ship has an athletic/exercise facility, a swimming pool, a library, a restaurant, a massage facility, and a music salon at the crew's disposal.
A group of eclipse chasers have used the vessel to observe the eclipse of August 1, 2008. They departed from Murmansk on July 21, 2008 and reached the North Pole on July 25, 2008, which sets a speed record for the ship (the trip lasted 4 days instead of 7).
Since 1989 the nuclear-powered icebreakers have also been used for tourist purposes carrying passengers to the North Pole. Each participant pays up to US $25,000 for a cruise lasting three weeks. The Fiftieth Anniversary of Victory contains an accommodation deck customised for tourists.
Quark Expeditions chartered the ship (which they name as 50 Years of Victory) for expeditions to the North Pole in 2008. The vessel's maiden voyage to the North Pole embarked in Murmansk, on June 24, 2008. The ship carried 128 guests in 64 cabins in five categories. 50 Years of Victory completed a total of three expeditions to the North Pole in 2008 for the polar adventure company.
As of February, 2013, Quark Expeditions was listing the 50 Years of Victory in the company fleet and offering it for a North Pole cruise as well as Russian cruise company Poseidon Expeditions.
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