On 4 March the loading of construction materials onto the Atomflot’s nuclear-powered container vessel Sevmorput started in the port of Murmansk, the construction materials will be delivered to the water area of the Yenisei River.
In total, the vessel is to take about 6 thousand tons of general cargo on board. The loading operations will take 7-9 days. On their completion the nuclear-powered container vessel Sevmorput will head for the Taimyr Peninsula. In the Yenisei Bay and in the water area of the Yenisei River, she will be escorted by the nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir. The voyage from the port of Murmansk to the unloading point will last up to nine days.
“The construction materials will be unloaded over-the-beach” Leonid Irlitsa, Atomflot’s First Deputy General Director – Shipping Director, said. “With the assistance of the nuclear-powered vessel Sibir, the container vessel Sevmorput will come to the earlier prepared ice berth in the fast ice of the Yenisei River. The crew will provide unloading operations using vessel cranes. Our navigators have a successful experience of mooring a vessel to an ice berth in fast ice and are well aware of the specifics of this work.” It is planned that the nuclear-powered container vessel Sevmorput will make up to three such voyages.
The nuclear-powered container vessel Sevmorput is the only transport vessel with a nuclear propulsion plant. The container vessel was built in Kerch at the Zaliv shipyard, laid down on 2 November 1984 and launched on 20 February 1986. The vessel was put into operation on 31 December 1988. Length – 260.3 meters, width – 32.2 meters, displacement – 61 000 tons. The power of the main plant is 40 000 hp, speed in clear water – 20 knots. The vessel can transport ISO 20 (1320 pcs.) and ISO 40 (428 pcs.) containers.
Source and photo: Atomflot’s Department of Communications