Nuclear-powered icebreaker "Sevmorput" set to boost Arctic trade, Summer 2022 (updated 27 June)

The Russian Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE) ATOMFLOT owned nuclear-powered ice capable large container ship "Sevmorput" entered the Baltic Sea on 21 June 2022 bound for St. Petersburg.  

Sevmorput, which departed Murmansk during the morning on 16 June, is scheduled to conduct two Arctic trade voyages from St. Petersburg to the Arctic and Far East regions via the Northern Sea Route (NSR) during the summer-autumn 2022.  

The heavily subsidized missions, on which the cargo is transported for free, are aimed at increasing trade between European Russian and Far East Russian ports and are part of the Russian Federal "Comprehensive plan for the modernization and expansion of the main infrastructure" of the NSR. The first mission is expected between June and August 2022.  

Sevmorput is scheduled to depart St. Petersburg on 24 June 2022 and arrive in the Far East port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy on 15 July.  She will conduct a reciprocal trade transit from the Far East to Murmansk on 18 July 2022.  A second trade voyage will be conducted in September 2022. 

UPDATE (23/06/22)

Sevmorput completed her transit from Murmansk and was noted to have arrived in St. Petersburg on 23 June 2022.  She will likely load cargo destined for ports on the NSR and out as far as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. 

UPDATE (27/06/22)

Sevmorput departed St. Petersburg on 25 June 2022 reportedly loaded with 111 shipping containers and forty tons of pre-fabricated metal structures (NFI) bound for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.  Also on board was a representative of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Murmansk Marine Biological Institute) who will monitor the impact to biological life and the environment of increased shipping on the NSR.  The voyage, which is expected to take twenty two days, will bring cargo from the Far East back to St. Petersburg and a second mission is scheduled for September. 

Library picture of Sevmorput operating in the Arctic

Sevmorput exited the Baltic Sea during the evening 27 June 2022.

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