On October 10th 2012, the keel of a new 25 MW diesel icebreaker will be laid down at OOO Baltiysky Zavod – Shipbuilding. The ship will be built under the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) survey with the class notation КМ✪Icebreaker8  AUT1-ICS OMBO FF2WS DYNPOS-2EPP ANTI-ICE HELIDECK-H WINTERIZATION (-40) ECO-S special purpose ship. Baltiysky Zavod to Lay Keel for New Icebreaker
The ship is ordered by Federal Marine and River Transport Agency. Project of the 25-mW icebreaker designed in 2008 will replace Ermak- and Kapitan Sorokin-class icebreakers (built in 1974 and 1977 respectively).
The icebreaker is designed in accordance with the latest requirements for ships of its class, and it will be fitted out with the newest generation equipment. The ship is intended for independent escort of ships, auxiliary icebreaker operation as part of ice convoy along the Northern Sea Route as well as for independent ship escort in shallow waters of the Arctic seas and in river estuaries, supporting cargo unloading on coast ice, towage of ships and other floating facilities in ice conditions and on clear water, assistance to ships, emergency and rescue operations in ice and on clear water, expeditionary voyages, acting as fire-fighting ship for fire extinguishing on board of ships, drilling and oil production facilities.
Length: 142 m
Breadth: 29 m
Depth: 16.2 m
Maximum draught: 9.50 m
Full displacement: 22,130 t
Gross tonnage: approx. 20450
Main DG power output: 4х8700 KW
Crew: 38 persons
Specialised personnel: 90 persons.
Press Release, October 9, 2012; Image: rosmorport