Moskva icebreaker

Moskva icebreaker current position

Moskva icebreaker current location is at East Asia (coordinates 43.06618 N / 131.87702 E) cruising en route to Vladivostok. The AIS position was reported 7 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Moskva icebreaker

Year of build2008  /  Age: 16
Flag state Russia
BuilderBaltiysky Zavod/Baltic Shipyard (St Petersburg, Russia)
ClassRussian diesel icebreaker (Project 21900)
Building costRUB 2 billion (USD 76M / EUR 58M)
Speed17 kn / 31 km/h / 20 mph
Length (LOA)120 m / 394 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage11720 gt
Decks with cabins3
OwnerRussian Federation

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MS Moskva ("ледокол Москва") is an icebreaking vessel is owned and operated by Rosmorport. Rosmorport is a Russian FSUE ("Federal State Unitary Enterprise") created in 2012 by the Russian Federation's Ministry of Transport.

The vessel (IMO number 9326574) is Russia-flagged (MMSI 273341120) and registered in Sankt-Petersburg.

Among the newest Russian icebreaker ships, Moskva is named after Russia's capital and biggest city. In January 2011, Rosmorport FSUE took delivery of the diesel-electric icebreakers Moskva and Sankt Peterburg, both built by the Baltic Shipyard company, with ship design by Baltsudoproekt. Moskva is the first in a new generation of multipurpose Arctic icebreakers. The vessel is also the first ice-breaker featuring a diesel-electric power plant built at a Russian shipyard since the fall of the USSR. All non-nuclear Russian icebreakers have been built abroad during that time.

Moskva icebreaker ship

These vessels are designed to escort big-capacity oil tankers, to rescue ships in ice floes, to fight fires on ships in the Arctic ocean and to clean up chemicals and oil spills in open sea.

Rosmorport's Moskva itinerary program offers Arctic cruise expeditions and research voyages with departures out of St Petersburg (homeport).

Moskva icebreaker vessel details

Project 21900 and 21900M icebreakers (aka LK-16), represent a series of 5 Russian ice-breakers. Two Project 21900 ships (Sankt Peterburg and Moskva) were built in St Petersburg (by Baltic Shipyard) and 3x Project 21900M ships were constructed as follows: two at Vyborg Shipyard (Vyborg, Leningrad Oblast) and one at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

The main purpose of this class icebreakers is assisting of heavy-tonnage ships, as well as towing of floating structures both in the open sea and in ice.

new Russian icebreaker ship design (Project 21900)

Project 21900M has been classified by RMRS (Russian Maritime Register of Shipping) as ice-class "Icebreaker6". All these ships are intended for the Baltic Sea and Northern Sea Route along Russia's Arctic coast.

The list of services intended for these newest Russian icebreaker ships includes towage, escorting heavy-tonnage vessels, salvage and assistance vessels in distress, fire fighting on floating facilities, transportation of effective cargoes.

The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, 1 swimming pool (indoor, heated), 1 elevator, 1 helipad (Helideck).

  • Max Draft: 8,5 m (28 ft)
  • DWT Deadweight tonnage: 5370 tons
  • Displacement tonnage: 10000 tons
  • Icebreaking capacity: 1,5 m
  • cargo capacity: 33 TEUs (containers)
  • cargo deck size 800 m2 (8600 ft2)
  • Range: 20000 km (13000 ml)
  • Powerplant: Four diesel engines (6,75 MW each, total power output 27 MW)
  • Propulsion: Diesel-electric; 2x Steerprop azimuth thrusters (8,7 MW each, total power output 17,4 MW)

Note: In the case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see 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.

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In November 2017, the vessel was repositioned from St Petersburg to Port Sabetta (Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Russia), covering a distance of approx 5900 km (3650 mi). The ship was deployed there for the 2017-2018 winter period (December through May) to assist vessels in the area, including to cut away ice along Sabettat’s dock for safe mooring and to transport pilots between the port and visiting ships.

  • Port Sabetta serves the Yuzhno-Tambeyskoye gas field developed by the Russian company Novatek (the country's largest independent LNG producer).
  • The port is a joint venture between Novatek and the Russian Federation. Its construction started in summer 2013 and also includes building a large LNG plant (annual capacity 16,5 million tons).

For the winter season 2021-2022 (December-May), the icebreaker was repositioned from Vladivostok to Magadan in the Okhotsk Sea (arriving on Dec 24, 2021) to provide icebreaking assistance at the seaport and on the surrounding waterways. Technical characteristics of the vessel are fully compliant with the conditions of work in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk.