NSR Shipping Traffic – Icebreaker support in 2019
In 2019, as always, icebreakers worked all year round. A total of 17 icebreakers were used for the assistance; in total, they made 231 voyages or change of location: most of them (156) in the winter navigation period, the rest (75) in the summer period. Nuclear icebreakers did the most work. Like last year, 3 river icebreakers – “Kaptain Babichev”, “Kaptain Borodkin” and “Kaptain Evdokimov” paved the way in Siberian rivers and at the approaches to them. The new generation icebreakers “Andrey Vilkitskiy” and “Alexander Sannikov”, commissioned by Gazprom Neft, began working in the Arctic in 2019. Their main work was on approaches to the Arctic Gate terminal. These are the youngest icebreakers operating in 2019, and the oldest was “Tor” icebreaker (built in 1964).
|Vessel name||Year of construction||Age
|50 let Pobedy||2007||12|
The icebreaker tracks on the map reflect well the navigation on the Northern Sea Route: the main activity in winter (December-June) is voyages to the Kara Sea, the Yenisey Bay, the Ob Bay. With the onset of the summer navigation period (July-November), shipping activity spreads over the entire NSR.