50 Let Pobedy icebreaker Review and Specifications
Specifications of 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker
|Year built||2007 / Age : 12|
|Builder||(Baltiysky Zavod) Baltic Shipyard (St Petersburg, Russia)|
|Class||Russian nuclear icebreaker (cruise ship, Arktika-class, Project 10520)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Murmansk|
|Operator||Rosatom (Rosmorport), Quark Expeditions, Noble Caledonia, Poseidon Expeditions|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||151 m / 495 ft|
|Beam (width)||30 m / 98 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||23440 gt|
|Passengers||64 - 128|
|Decks with cabins||4|
Review of 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker
NS 50 Let Pobedy ("ледокол 50 Лет Победы", translated as "50 Years of Victory") is a nuclear-powered icebreaker owned by the Russian Federation. It was the largest nuclear-powered icebreaking vessel in the world - until surpassed by the launched in 2016 LK-60Ya-class Arktika icebreaker.
October 4, 1989 was the launch date of project no.10521 at Baltic Works, Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia). Originally the vessel was named NS Ural. In 1994 work was halted due to lack of funds, so the actual 50th anniversary of Victory Day (1995), found the icebreaker in abandoned state. However, in 2003 construction was restarted.
On November 30, 2004 a fire broke out aboard the ship and all workers had to be evacuated. The fire crews had to battle the fire for about 20 hours before they got it under control and one worker had to be sent to the hospital.
In the beginning of 2007, 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker was finally completed after the 60th Anniversary. On February 1, 2007 the vessel sailed into Gulf of Finland for 2 weeks of sea trials. Upon completing sea trials, 50 Let Pobedy returned to Saint Petersburg Baltic shipyard and began preparations for her maiden cruise to Murmansk. The newbuild showed superior icebreaker characteristics, such as top speed of 21.4 knots (40 km/h; 25 mph) and exceptional maneuverability. On April 11, 2007 50 Let Pobedy arrived at her homeport Murmansk.
The icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy is an upgrade of Arktika-class. The 524-feet long and 98-feet wide vessel, featuring a displacement of 25840 metric tons, was designed to break through ice up to 5 m (16.4 ft) thick.
50th Anniversary of Victory is an experimental project as for the first time in Russian icebreakers' history it featured spoon-shaped bow. The ship's designers predicted that such a shape increased the efficiency of vessel's efforts in breaking ice. 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker is equipped with new digital automated control system. Her biological shielding complex was modernized and re-certified by State Commission. A brand new ecological compartment was also created.
The ship boasts an exercise/athletic facility, restaurant, library, swimming pool, massage facility, and music salon at the disposal of the crew.
- Since 1989, Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers have been used for cruise tourist purposes, carrying wealthy travelers to the North Pole. The participant pay as fares up to USD 35,000 per person for a cruise lasting 3 weeks. The 50 Years of Victory ship has a dedicated for passenger accommodations deck specifically customised for tourists.
- In 2008 Quark Expeditions chartered the vessel for expeditions to the North Pole. The maiden voyage of 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker to the North Pole embarked on June 24, 2008 in Murmansk. The ship carried 128 passengers in 64 cabins in 5 categories. In 2008 the vessel completed a total of 3 expeditions to the North Pole for the polar adventure company.
- Besides Quark Expeditions, the ship is also regularly chartered by the UK-based travel companies Noble Caledonia, and Poseidon Expeditions. Poseidon Expeditions specializes in polar cruises to European Arctic destinations, such as the North Pole and the Russian Arctic territories. The company charters exclusively Russian icebreakers, but also ice-strengthened cruise ships.
- A group of eclipse chasers used the icebreaker to observe the August 1, 2008 eclipse. On July 21, 2008 they departed out of Murmansk and reached the North Pole 4 days later, which set a speed record for the ship.
- As of February 2013, the company of Quark Expeditions was listing 50 Years of Victory in its fleet and offering it for North Pole cruises along with Russian company Poseidon Expeditions.
- 50 Years of Victory icebreaker reached the North Pole on July 30, 2013 for the 100th time in icebreaker navigation history.
- In October 2013, in the runup to 2014 Winter Olympics, 50 Let Pobedy carried the Olympic Flame to the North Pole.
NS 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker vessel details
NS 50 Let Pobedy belongs to the Arktika-class nuclear ships - until 2017 the world's largest and most powerful ever constructed. The ship is one of all 6 vessels in this class, together with the old Sibir (1977-1992), the old Arktika (1975-2008), Rossiya (1982), Sovetskiy Soyuz (1990) and Yamal (1992).
Besides 50 Let Pobedy, the list of other Russian icebreaking cruise ships also includes Akademik Ioffe, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Kapitan Dranitsyn, Kapitan Khlebnikov and the nuclear-powered ship Yamal.
Besides NS 50 Let Pobedy, the list of other Russian nuclear icebreaker ships includes Arktika (2017), Sibir (2019), Rossiya (1985, sister-ship), Sovetskiy Soyuz (1990, sister-ship),,Taymyr, Ural (2020), Vaygach, Yamal (1992, sister-ship), Sevmorput (cargo ship).
- The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, Library, Auditorium, Passenger Lounge, Volleyball Court, Gymnasium, 1 swimming pool (indoor, heated), Infirmary, 1 elevator, 1 helipad (helicopter deck) with a Mi-2 transport helicopter.
- DWT Deadweight tonnage: 3505 tons
- Displacement tonnage: 25840 tons
- Max Draught: 11 m (35 ft)
- Icebreaking capacity: 5 m (16 ft)
- Ice-class LL1
- Range: unlimited (4 years endurance)
- Power: 2 x OK-900A nuclear reactors (each 171 MW, or combined 342 MW power output)
- Propulsion: turbo-electric, 3 shafts, 3 electric motors (17,6 MW output each, or 52,8 MW combined power output).
Note: In case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.
50 Let Pobedy icebreaker wiki
- One of the Russian icebreaker cruise ships, 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) is the world's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ever built. The vessel's name celebrates the 50th anniversary of the USSR's victory in the WWII. Construction of the nuclear ship started on October 4, 1989. The original name of the vessel was "NS Ural". Soon after the "perestroika", in 1994 construction works were halted due to lack of funds. The celebration day of the Russia's 50th anniversary of Victory in 1995 found the vessel in an abandoned state. Building was restarted in 2003 and finally completed in 2007.
- Since 1989 nuclear-powered icebreakers have been used for cruising (tourist) purposes, carrying passengers to the North Pole in the Russia's Arctic territories. The cruise price can soar up to US $25,000 for a voyage lasting three weeks (over USD 1000 per person per day). The 50 Years of Victory ship has a cabin deck for tourists. Quark Expeditions chartered this unique ship for the first time in 2008. As of February, 2013, the company was listing the ship in its fleet and offering cruises to North Pole. The other line operating the vessel is the company "Poseidon Expeditions". On July 30, 2013, on one of the Poseidon Expeditions organized voyages, the ship reached the North Pole for 100th time in the Arctic Ocean's icebreaker travel history. In October 2013, 50 Years of Victory carried the Olympic Fire to the North Pole.
- 50 Years of Victory's cruise itinerary program offers polar expedition voyages in the Russian Arctic territories, leaving out of Helsinki, Finland. Russia's nuclear fleet of ice-breaking vessels is used exclusively in the Arctic Ocean for escorting merchant ships and assisting research stations floating in the ice-covered waters north of Siberia. These ships are also used for scientific and Arctic cruise expeditions. The Russian nuclear ice-breakers must sail in ice-cold waters to effectively cool their reactors.
- On August 13, 2017, 50 Let Pobedy departed from Murmansk on itinerary that repeated the route of the Russian North Pole expedition on the old Arktika icebreaker in 1977 (August 9-22). 50 Let Pobedy embarked on the anniversary voyage with about 100 passengers, among which were some from the 1977 expedition. On August 17, 1977, the old Arktika ship reached the North Pole. The vessel was commanded by Captain Yury Kuchiyev. The 2017 expedition also reached the planet's northernmost point on August 17.
Follows an exemplary cruise itinerary of the icebreaker, leaving out of Helsinki. The 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip cruise is themed "North Pole: Ultimate Arctic Adventure". Its prices start from around USD 34,300 PP.
|22 Jul||Departing from Helsinki, Finland|
|22 Jul||Departing from Murmansk, Arctic Russia|
|23 Jul||Barents Sea|
|24-25-26 Jul||Pack Ice|
|27 Jul||North Pole|
|28 Jul||Pack Ice|
|29 Jul||Franz Josef Land, Arctic Russia (Exploring)|
|30 Jul||Franz Josef Land, Arctic Russia (Exploring)|
|31 Jul||Pack Ice|
|01 Aug||Barents Sea|
|02 Aug||Murmansk, Arctic Russia|
|02 Aug||Arriving in Helsinki, Finland|
In 2019, additional to the Sea Spirit ship cruises, Poseidon Expeditions also chartered the 50 Years of Victory ship for the "Top of the World," icebreaker cruise itinerary. Departures were scheduled for July 7, 18 and 29.
NS 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker vessel details
Prior to boarding the ship, Quark Expeditions line takes its passengers through a nuclear facility. This is a high-security area on the Russian nuclear submarines. The Pobedy ship has two nuclear reactors, capable of producing 74,000 horsepower output. 50 Years of Victory was an experimental project, as for the first time in the Russian icebreaker shipbuilding was constructed a vessel with spoon-shaped bow. As predicted by the designers, the innovative hull-shape increased the ship's efficiency in breaking the Arctic Ocean ice. The ship is capable to break through ice up to 5 m / 16 ft thick. The 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker is an upgrade of the Arktika-class Russian Arctic fleet of vessels.
- Besides 50 Years Of Victory, the Quark Expeditions ships list also includes the cruise vessels Kapitan Khlebnikov (icebreaker), Ocean Diamond, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Nova, Ocean Adventurer.
- Besides 50 Let Pobedy, the list of other Russian icebreaker cruise ships also includes Akademik Ioffe, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Kapitan Dranitsyn, Kapitan Khlebnikov and the nuclear ship Yamal.
- The list of other nuclear Russian icebreaker ships includes NS Arktika (2017), NS Rossiya, NS Sibir (2019), NS Sovetskiy Soyuz, NS Taymyr, NS Ural (2020), NS Vaygach, NS Yamal, NS Sevmorput (cargo ship).