LNG Carrier ‘Vladimir Rusanov’ Opens Northern Sea Route Summer Navigation Season

Russian gas producer Novatek said its LNG carrier “Vladimir Rusanov” has completed an eastbound transit of the Northern Sea Route, officially opening this year’s summer navigation season. Novatek says the Vladimir Rusanov transited the ice-covered part of the Northern Sea Route in only 6 days, setting a time new record for the fastest independent passage without ice-breaking … [Read more...]

Russia’s Rosatom Sees Northern Sea Route Development Costing $11.7 Billion

By Katya Golubkova and Gleb Stolyarov MOSCOW, June 24 (Reuters) - Russia's ambitious Northern Sea Route (NSR) requires 735 billion roubles ($11.7 billion) in investments, with the state budget to provide a third and the rest to come from companies and banks, the head of state nuclear firm Rosatom, Alexey Likhachyov, said. Rosatom, the world's top nuclear company in … [Read more...]

Watch: Amazing Time-Lapse Shows the World’s Biggest Nuclear Icebreakers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKaVhXn49xY Check out this mesmerizing time-lapse showing the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal conducting Arctic operations along the Northern Sea Route. The video was released by the Russian-based media company TimeLab which had a film crew spend a week filming aboard the icebreaker in March 2019. Also shown in the video is … [Read more...]

Pentagon Concerned About China’s Increasing Presence in the Arctic

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) - Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could also pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday. The assessment is included in the U.S. military's annual report … [Read more...]

Novatek Wants Arctic Sea Route Open Year Round

by Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters) - Russian gas producer Novatek wants to use nuclear icebreakers to keep the Northern Sea Route, a shipping path traversing the Arctic to Asia, open all year long for its liquefied natural gas (LNG), a top executive said on Wednesday. “Our plan is to keep the Northern Sea Route open twelve months a year in 2023 to 25 with 100-megawatt-hour nuclear … [Read more...]