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Sevmorput underway to Arkhangelsk, Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea 25 February 2020 Photo by Kinburn via Wikipedia

Fire Out Aboard World’s Only Nuclear-Powered Cargo Ship

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December 25, 2023

gCaptain Editors Note – Sevmorput is one of only four nuclear merchant ships ever built. The other three – built by the US, Japan and Germany – are no longer in commission.

by Lidia Kelly (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday that emergency workers had put out a fire on a Soviet-era nuclear-powered cargo-icebreaker ship and the state company which runs the vessel said there had been no casualties and no threat to the security of the reactor.

The fire broke out on Sunday in one of the cabins of the Soviet-made Sevmorput ship, which is currently at dock in the northern Russian city of Murmansk, the emergency ministry said.

The fire, which at its peak covered an area of about 30 square meters (323 square feet), was put out with no casualties, the ministry said.

“The fire was quickly liquidated,” Atomflot, which owns the vessel, said in a statement. “There were no injuries.” 

“There was no threat to crucial support systems or to the reactor plant,” Atomflot said. 

Atomflot runs Russia’s fleet of nuclear icebreakers and is a unit of the Rosatom state nuclear corporation. 

The Murmansk region, in Russia’s northwest, shares borders with Finland and Norway, as well as with the Barents and White seas. 

The ship, which entered service in 1988 and went through an extensive upgrade a decade ago, is Russia’s only nuclear-powered icebreaking transport ship, according to Rosatom. 

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne, Gleb Stolaryov in Tbilisi and Guy Faulconbridge in Moscow; Editing by Matthew Lewis, Kirsten Donovan)

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