ATOMFLOT ICEBREAKERS STEERED 331 SHIPS ACROSS THE ARCTIC IN 2018
In 2018, Atomflot’s nuclear icebreakers steered 331 ships of a total gross capacity 12.7 mln tons. As compared to 2017, the capacity of steered ships increased by 5 million tons.
With that, the number of steering operations decreased (last year it was 493 ships) due to completion of the active phase of construction in the port of Sabetta and reduction of flow of vessels carrying cargoes for construction. Besides, as liquefied natural gas shipments from Sabetta started by LNG tankers of Yamalmax class, the gross capacity of ships steered by icebreakers has increased.
In 2018 the company has started work in the framework of the export contract under the project “Yamal LNG”. The work has been started on the second natural gas project in Gydan Peninsula. These key events determine workload of Rosatomflot for the coming 30-40 years.
Atomflot has successfully implemented the project on creation of a port fleet to render services in the Gulf of Ob. In June 2018 the icebreaking tow boat Nadym (ice class Arc 6) was accepted into service. Vyborg Shipyard (Vyborg, Leningrad Region) completes building the port icebreaker Ob (launched on June 21, 2018); the ship commissioning is set for 2019.
Late December 2018 the dock fitted with modern equipment was completed. This equipment includes machines to process pulling gears, shafts, propellers of icebreakers and over vessels as well as their repair. The permit to put the dock in operation was received. “All works can be fulfilled in the new dock; the works related to the dock repair of universal nuclear icebreakers. The new machine processes the shaft of up to 70 tons,” Oleg Darbinyan, Director for Fleet Technical Operation at FSUE Atomflot, noted. (Source and image: Atomflot)