Rosatom is planning to start designing the important elements of the future container line through the Northern Sea Route (NSR): ice-class container vessels and two transfer hubs in 2022. This was announced by Rosatom’s First Deputy Director General for Development and International Business Kirill Komarov.
“The pilot launch of the service is scheduled for 2025,” Komarov said, speaking at the forum “Economic corridor through the NSR as a new trend in the world trade” under Rosatom Week at EXPO-2022.
According to Rosatom’s First Deputy Director General, Rosatom as an operator of the NSR believes that its task is to organize year-round shipping in the difficult sectors of the NSR water area in the coming years. To achieve this goal Rosatom is implementing a large-scale project to develop infrastructure and services to ensure sustainable navigation along the NSR. The project provides for construction of icebreakers, development of the rescue and auxiliary fleet, information and telecommunications infrastructure and communications, infrastructure of seaports and terminals, modernization of hydrographic and pilot vessels, formation of a united platform of digital services for convenient and safe navigation in the NSR water area.
Kirill Komarov assured that the future vessels would meet present-day environmental requirements for use in the Arctic and ensure stable and rhythmic operation of the container shipping services throughout the year. The pilot container vessels will run on LNG, the use of LNG has proven itself effective on gas carriers operating in the Arctic.