The head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, Alexei Chekunkov, said that starting from 2022 the nuclear-powered lighter carrier Sevmorput will perform transportation minimum three times a year, returning to the departure point.
The RF Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom have prepared a project for regular transportation along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) using the Sevmorput lighter carrier. According to the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, Alexei Chekunkov, it is planned that starting from 2022 the nuclear-powered lighter carrier will make three voyages a year returning to the departure point.
The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, together with the state corporation Rosatom, has prepared a project for regular transportation along the NSR using the nuclear-powered lighter carrier Sevmorput in the amount of minimum three round voyages a year, starting from June 2022. We expect that next year there will be three voyages - in June , September and November," he said at an expanded meeting of the Federation Council committee on federal structure, regional policy, local self-government, which considered the preparation of a government hour on the topic "On the implementation of the development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation."
The Sevmorput vessel is a single-deck nuclear-powered ship. In December 2015, the "Sevmorput" successfully passed sea trials, in May 2016 the nuclear-powered container ship left the port of Murmansk in the direction of Kotelny Island.
The Northern Sea Route is a shipping route, the main sea communication in the Russian Arctic. It runs along the northern shores of Russia along the seas of the Arctic Ocean (Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi and Bering). The NSR connects the European and Far Eastern ports of Russia, as well as the mouths of navigable Siberian rivers into a single transport system. The length of the route is 5,600 km from the Kara Strait to Providence Bay.