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The intensity of work on the Russian atomic icebreakers in the Arctic has almost doubled over the past nine years. This was reported by General Director of “Atomflot” Mustafa Kashka, reports TASS.
“In 2010, the average time of operation icebreaker was 156 days, now the trend is about 270 days,” he explained, adding that it is also actively designing new universal nuclear icebreakers of project 22220.
Kashka said that in the current year it is planned to sign contracts for the construction of several icebreakers, including “Leader”.
In the waters of the Northern sea route (NSR) currently, there are eight ice-breakers: atomic “50 years of Victory”, “Yamal”, “Taimyr”, “Vaygach” and diesel-electric “Admiral Makarov”, “Krasin”, “Kapitan Khlebnikov” and “Captain Dranitsyn”.
The work is carried out in the framework of the program “Northern sea route” of the national project “Integrated plan for the modernization and expansion of trunk infrastructure,” the implementation of which is allocated 6348,1 billion. According to the plan up to 2024 is expected to increase the volume of cargo transportation via the NSR in eight times — to 80 million tons per year. In particular, for this to be built four ice-breakers that will permit the convoys, and created infrastructure in the Arctic ports.
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