Nuclear Containership ‘Sevmorput’ sets course for new Arctic gas field

The "Sevmorput" docked in the Atomflot base in Murmansk (Image Courtesy: The Barents Observer)

The 260 meter long, 33980 tons deadweight ‘Sevmorput’ this week sailed from Murmansk to Arkhangelsk where it is to pick up more than 17,000 tons of construction goods.

In mid-March, the ship will set further course for the ice-covered gulf of Ob, where it will unload its cargo directly on the ice of the frozen bay.

It is all destined to the development of the Utrenneye natural gas field and adjacent seaport on Gydan Peninsula, ship owner Rosatomflot informs.

A second shipment to Gydan is scheduled later this year.

“Rosatomflot is an active participant in the large-scale Arctic hydrocarbon projects,” Atomflot General Director Mustafa Kashka says. “The usage of nuclear-powered container ship ‘Sevmorput’ in the development of the Arctic LNG 2 shows that our successful work experiences from the Arctic is much needed,” he underlines.

The Sevmorput was a unique contribution to the Soviet fleet of civilian nuclear vessels when it entered service in 1988. It is today the only nuclear-powered container ship in the world.

(Source: The Barents Observer)

Sea News, March 7