Rosatom considers its primary mission to organize year-round shipping in the difficult sectors of the NSR water area in the coming years.
In 2022, Rosatom plans to start designing important elements of the future container line through the Northern Sea Route (NSR): ice-class container ships and two transfer hubs. This was announced on Wednesday by the first deputy director general of Rosatom - director of the unit for development and international business Kirill Komarov.
"In 2022, we plan to start designing important elements of the future container line through the NSR - ice-class container ships and two transfer hubs. The pilot launch of the service is scheduled for 2025," Komarov said, speaking at the forum "Economic corridor through the NSR as a new trend in world trade " as part of Rosatom Week at EXPO-2022.
According to the first deputy general director of the state corporation, being the operator of the NSR, Rosatom considers its primary mission to organize year-round shipping in the difficult sectors of the NSR water area in the coming years. To achieve this goal, Komarov noted, a large-scale project is being implemented to develop infrastructure and services in order to provide sustainable navigation along the NSR. Icebreakers are being built, the rescue and auxiliary fleet, information and telecommunications infrastructure and communications are being developed, the infrastructure of seaports and terminals is being developed, hydrographic and pilot vessels are being modernized, a single platform of digital services is being formed for convenient and safe navigation in the NSR water area.
The future vessels will meet modern environmental requirements for use in the Arctic, Kirill Komarov assured, and will also provide the stable and rhythmic operation of the container line throughout the year. Pilot container ships will run on LNG, the use of which on gas carriers operating in the Arctic has already proved effective.