Repairs completed on nuclear icebreaker Lenin

Repairs on the nuclear icebreaker Lenin, which is being converted into a museum, have been completed, this correspondent was told on Monday at the press-service of the Murmansk shipping company.

The nuclear-powered ship Lenin, the firstling of the nuclear ice-breaking fleet, has left the dock of Atomflot enterprise and is now moored at a quay. The repairs will enable the icebreaker to remain afloat at the pier for 40 years.

Work will continue to convert the central compartment and render it radiation safe. Some of the equipment will be dismantled and given over to functioning nuclear vessels for use.

Later on, it was noted at the press-service, steps will be taken to guarantee the icebreaker's total electric and fire safety and to provide reliable electric and heat supplies.

After cosmetic repairs inside, the icebreaker will acquire the status of a museum. Specialists of the Murmansk shipping company contemplate finishing the entire process by 2005.

The nuclear icebreaker Lenin hit the water on December 5, 1957. It worked in the Arctic for many years and was decommissioned in 1989, because its hull was worn thin from ice friction. All the icebreaker's systems proved spectacularly reliable. The nuclear installation could operate for a very long period.

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