News review of the events on the NSR
#1 March 2021
1. Kamchatka plans to ship about 20 000 tons of fish along NSR in 2021
The authorities of the Kamchatka Territory are working on additional voyages that will follow from the Kamchatka water area by the Northern Sea Route, the press service of the regional government reports.
It is planned to transport about 20 000 tons of fish along the route in 2021, and to ensure a year-round supply of goods in two years.
Governor of the Kamchatka Territory Vladimir Solodov during the program “Kamchatka: the main thing for the week” emphasized that small ships or ships of different operators would also be involved.
“As for the return loading, here we need to work intensively with the regions of the central northern part of Russia, that we are doing, – the governor supposes. – Actually, this issue was discussed at the meeting in St. Petersburg with Governor Alexander Belov. Similar meetings are planned with the heads of the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions.”
As previously reported, in September 2020, the nuclear container ship “Sevmorput” transported 206 refrigerated containers with fish products with a total weight of 5.5 thousand tons to St. Petersburg.
The Minister of Fisheries of the Kamchatka Territory noted that in the logistics scheme for the delivery of fish products along the NSR, it was also planned to use a complex for transshipment of aquatic biological resources, which FSUE “National Fishery Resources” planned to create in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
Russian Federal Fisheries Agency is working on issues of arranging a permanent shipping line along the Northern Sea Route. The draft plan will include measures to develop port, logistics and ship repair infrastructures, as well as to reduce tariffs for transportation along the Northern Sea Route. From 2021 FSUE Atomflot is ready to operate up to four voyages annually.
It is noted that the price for transportation of 1 kg from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to the port of St. Petersburg amounts to 14 RUB, to Moscow – 17.5 RUB.
2. Icebreaker “Arktika” went on a voyage after repair
The lead universal nuclear icebreaker of project 22220 “Arktika” is back in operation. On February 21, the ship left Murmansk, heading for the port of Sabetta in the Ob Bay.
In Murmansk, at the Atomflot pier, the icebreaker spent more than two months after the first working voyage, which started on November 16 and ended on December 15. The first task of the icebreaker since its commissioning in October 2020 was the escorting of the ship “Siyanie Severa” from the Ob Bay.
As for the reasons for the long downtime after the first voyage, Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy General Director of Rosatom, explained that the ship had been under repair in Murmansk since mid-December due to the oil fume exhaust system in low-pressure cylinders.
What work this time will be performed in the Ob Bay by the icebreaker “Arktika” is still unknown. It is likely that the vessel will have to demonstrate the possibility of working on a two-draft scheme. However, we can say for sure that the running-in of the new-generation lead icebreaker will continue. It is quite possible that some shortcomings will continue to be revealed that will require elimination. At the same time, there should be much less such defects on serial icebreakers.
However, according to Rosatom, the occurrence of minor failures on a new lead ship can be considered the norm.
“Any icebreaker, even in the USSR, has been run in for at least a year and a half,” Vyacheslav Ruksha said in a December interview to Kommersant. . – <…> Do not forget, the new nuclear icebreaker is a unique, super-complex engineering structure. Tens of thousands of parts, kilometers of communications and cables. Now we are testing in working conditions, checking all systems, every little thing, the team gets used to nuances and innovations. ”
Previously, it was assumed that the new icebreaker will work during the winter-spring navigation in 2021 in the Arctic. Despite the fact that the calendar winter is already coming to an end, “Arktika” will find a place to show its capabilities. The most difficult ice period is in the spring and exactly this time, the ice trials of the new nuclear icebreaker are to undergo.
In the summer, “Arktika” will again have to be repaired, but more seriously. As part of the warranty obligations, at the Kronstadt Marine Plant, specialists from the Baltic Shipyard must replace the starboard electric propulsion motor. At the moment, due to a failure during the tests of the stator winding of the electric motor, the maximum power of the icebreaker is 50 MW instead of the 60 MW capacity set in the project by the designers of the Central Design Bureau “Iceberg”.
After that, exactly the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world will again face sea trials.
3. Deep-water area considered in Tiksi port
The possibility of creating a deep-water area is being considered in the port of Tiksi (Yakutia). As a PortNews correspondent reported, Andrei Fedotov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), told during the VI International Conference “Arctic 2021” in Moscow. According to him, the project of creating a deep-water area is being worked out jointly with the state corporation Rosatom. The placement of a deep-water berth is being considered in the area of settlment Naiba, where natural depths reach 12-14 m.
“The port of Tiksi itself will be reconstructed, the port infrastructure will be modernized … This is being considered very seriously and this project will sooner or later be implemented,” said Andrey Fedotov.
To create a deep-water area, it is necessary to expand the boundaries of the port of Tiksi.
Mr. Fedotov also clarified that Tiksi itself is seen as a tourist and scientific center.