Icebreakers on the Northern Sea Route to amount to 13 by 2030

September 1 2022

The icebreakers will be focused on transporting about 150 million tons per year

The grouping of icebreakers on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will amount to at least 13 units by 2030. This was stated by Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Director of the Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of the State Corporation Rosatom, during the round table “Transport and Transit Potential of the Arctic”.

“Four icebreakers are under construction, including the Leader. There is also an instruction from the Prime Minister of Russia to additionally build two new icebreakers of the 22220 series. We plan to start building these icebreakers from 2023 at the expense of the federal budget. The corporation assumes increased obligations to build four more icebreakers for promising projects at extrabudgetary expense. There is an icebreaking arrangement along the entire route of the NSR,” Maxim Kulinko said.

He noted that these icebreakers will be able to provide the target volume of cargo traffic declared by the companies at 150 million tons per year as part of the Year-Round Northern Sea Route socio-economic development initiative.

The Northern Sea Route is the unified transport communication of Russia in the Arctic. It runs along the northern shores of the country through the seas of the Arctic Ocean (Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi seas), connects the ports of the European part of Russia and the mouths of navigable Siberian rivers with the Far East. In August 2022, a plan for the development of the NSR until 2035 was approved, which included more than 150 events. The plan’s total funding is about 1.8 trillion rubles.


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