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National Flag of Russia Hoisted on “Sibir” Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker 

January 25 2022

On January 25, 2022, the state flag of the Russian Federation was raised on the ‘Sibir’ (‘Siberia’) multi-purpose nuclear icebreaker of project 22220., the press service of FSUE “Atomflot” reports.

The flag raising ceremony in Murmansk was attended by Mr. Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy General Director of “Rosatom” State Corporation – Head of the NSR Directorate, Mr. Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk Region, Mr. Mustafa Kashka, General Director of FSUE “Atomflot”, Mr. Alexei Kadilov, General Director of “Baltiysky Zavod” shipyard and others.

“Only new icebreakers and ships can make the NSR a real road for our megaprojects in the Arctic zone. I am sure that in the coming decades the NSR will become the Russian route to India,” said Vyacheslav Ruksha.

Mustafa Kashka noted that the lead nuclear icebreaker of this class, ‘Arktika’ was already operating in the NSR Eastern sector, stressing that navigation in this sector usually stopped in November. “But the commissioning of Project 22220 icebreakers opens up new prospects for the development of the NSR. These nuclear-powered ships are the future of “Rosatomflot”, he said.

The keel-laying of “Sibir” project 22220 nuclear icebreaker took place on May 26, 2015 in St.Petersburg. The vessel was launched on September 22, 2017. On December 24, 2021, an act on the transfer of the icebreaker to “Atomflot” was signed on board the ship in St.Petersburg. On January 13, 2022, the new icebreaker left the outfitting embankment of JSC “Baltiysky Zavod” shipyard for her home port of Murmansk. On January 22, the vessel arrived at the berths of FSUE “Atomflot”.

Project 22220 multi-purpose nuclear icebreakers are the largest and most powerful in the world. Their main task is to provide year-round navigation in the Western sector of the Arctic. The main characteristics of the vessel: power – 60 MW (on shafts); speed – 22 knots (in clear water); length – 173.3 m (160 m on DWL); width – 34 m (33 m on DWL); height – 52 m; draft – 10.5 m / 8.65 m; maximum ice penetration – 2.8 m; total displacement – 33,540 tons; the designated service life is 40 years. The icebreaker is equipped with a two-reactor power plant with the main source of steam from a new-generation RITM-200 reactor plant with a capacity of 175 MW, specially designed for this vessel.

The technical design of this project was developed by the “Iceberg” Central Design Bureau in 2009.

The construction of three more project 22220 nuclear icebreakers, ‘Ural’, ‘Yakutia’ and ‘Chukotka’ continues in St.Petersburg.

Source:https://portnews.ru/news/324345/ 

The volume of cargo transportation via the Northern Sea Route in 2021 amounted to about 35 million tons

January 12 2022

“The final results on the volume of cargo transportation in the waters of the Northern Sea Route in 2021 have been summed up. It amounted to 34.85 million tons,” said Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Director of the Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of Rosatom State Corporation. This is almost 2 million tons more than in 2020, when 32.97 million tons were transported.

In 2016, the volume of cargo transportation via the NSR amounted to 7.47 million tons. For the first time it exceeded the figures achieved by the USSR, when 6.57 million tons were transported along the NSR in 1987. Since 2018, when the State Corporation Rosatom was appointed as the infrastructure operator of the NSR and the curator of the federal project “Development of the Northern Sea Route”, cargo traffic along the NSR has almost doubled.

The goal of the federal project “Development of the Northern Sea Route” is to create infrastructure that will increase cargo traffic to 80 million tons in 2024 and 110 million tons by 2030, as well as increase the total capacity of seaports to 110 and 115 million tons, respectively. It is included in the Comprehensive plan for the modernization and expansion of the main infrastructure for the period up to 2024, developed in accordance with Decree of the President of Russia dated May 7, 2018 No. 204 “On the national goals and strategic objectives of the development of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024”.

Source: http://www.morvesti.ru/news/1679/93443/

“Rosatom” Proposed to Develop a Large Container Transportation Corridor Based on the Northern Sea Route Waterways

August 5, 2021

The nuclear icebreaker fleet and all projects on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) are developing “even faster than we planned,” said Mr. Alexei Likhachev, Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom”, at a working meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 4, 2021. He addressed the President with a proposal to develop a large container transportation corridor based on the NSR waterways (as follows from the transcript of the working meeting published on the Kremlin’s website).

“We … see very serious growth in all three areas: this is the actual icebreaking support of our export projects – oil, gas, coal, metallurgical; this is, in accordance with your instructions, an increase in domestic cabotage, that is, transportation within our huge country, within the territory, along the Northern Sea Route; and we are counting on a large increase in transit, ”said Alexei Likhachev.

He stressed that Russian projects in this area are of great interest in the world. This is facilitated by the growth of world trade, and incidents like the one that happened in the Suez Canal.

“And we would like, with your consent, to start developing a large-scale container transportation corridor on the basis of our Northern Sea Route project. On the one hand, we will use the entire infrastructure of the NSR that has already been created, we are already spending money on it – both budget money and state corporations’ financial assets”, suggested Mr. Likhachev.

“On the other hand, this is a completely new level of business, a completely new level of economic positioning of both the “Rosatom” state corporation and our entire country. Moreover, this is an objective benefit for the world economy. In this sense, we see certain possible deficiencies in icebreaker support, we have prepared appropriate proposals, and we will present them to you today”, he noted. “Rosatom” is the unified infrastructure operator of the Northern Sea Route in accordance with the “NSR Infrastructure Development Plan until 2035”, approved by the government of the Russian Federation.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/316649/