Russia’s fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers along the Northern Sea Route will increase in 2011, according to an announcment made by Russia’s Federal Nuclear Centre at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway. The number of requests for icebreaker assistance in 2011 has already more than doubled the number of requests in January of 2010. (Icebreakers build by Baltiysky Zavod work twice as much as in 2010, 2 Feb 2011):
Currently, Baltiysky Zavod is the Russia’s only shipyard building nuclear-powered surface ships. Thanks to construction of floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov, the yard again has lined up a unique process chain of nuclear-powered shipbuilding, adjusted connection with contracting organizations and suppliers of special equipment, selected well-qualified experts and so forth.
Considering trends to increase the role of this sea route and forthcoming decommission of all active icebreakers by 2015-2016 (except 50 Let Pobedy), building of new ships becomes increasingly urgent.
JSC Baltiysky Zavod shipyard (member of the United Industrial Corporation) is one of the Russia’s largest shipbuilding companies. It is specialized in construction of icebreakers and ice-class vessels (both nuclear-powered and diesel), heavy-tonnage vessels, and warships; produces wide range of engineering products and power-generating equipment; is a supplier of non-ferrous and steel castings.
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