A spectacular ceremony (pictured) was held on the lead vessel of the icebreaker project 21900M in St. Petersburg on 23 September, forming part of the NEVA 2015 Programme. Guests and dignitaries came together to witness the official
flag-raising ceremony on board the icebreaker Vladivostok, seen here, and to celebrate all those involved in the project.
The diesel-powered icebreaker 21900M project, a modification of project 21900, was laid down at the Vyborg Shipyard in October 2012. Vladivstok is
the lead vessel in the series of three diesel-electric icebreakers built for FSUE
Rosmorport and classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
Vladivostok is able to overcome ice thickness of up to 1.5 metres and her main purpose is the independent escort of large capacity vessels, towing,
extinguishing fires on floating facilities and other structures, providing
assistance to ships in distress, and the transport of cargo.