Russian nuclear-powered cargo ship en route around Scandinavia

The Sevmorput nuclear cargo ship was Wednesday sailing near the Swedish island of Gotland. (Screenshot from MarineTraffic.com)
The world’s only nuclear-powered merchant ship left St. Petersburg on Tuesday and is now underway to Arkhangelsk where it will be loaded with equipment for Russia’s Arctic LNG-2 project in the Ob Bay.

«Sevmorput» has been docked at Kanonerskiy yard in St. Petersburg for maintenance of hull and propellers since mid-December. Sailing back north, the ship is expected to pass under the Great Belt Bridge in Danish waters on Thursday and continue the voyage outside Norway in the weekend and early next week.

Homeport is Murmansk on the Barents Sea coast, but according to Marine Traffic, Arkhangelsk is set as destination for the current voyage.

The Sevmorput nuclear cargo ship, seen here at port in Murmansk, northwest Russia. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

General Director of Atomflot in Murmansk, Mustafa Kashka, says in an interview with news oneline Sudostroenie (Ship Building) that «Sevmorput» in Arkhangelsk will be loaded with cargo for the Arctic LNG 2 project under development in the Ob Bay east of the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia.

Estimated port-call to Arkhangelsk is on March 3rd.

The Barents Observer has previously reported about Russia’s plans to sail «Sevmorput» to the coast of Antarctica later this year with construction materials for the Vostok research station.

Last fall, the vessel sailed a one-of-a-kind test voyage with seafood from the Russian Far East to St. Petersburg, a cargo-route that did not prove economical profitable.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada comes out in favour of heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic, Radio Canada International

Denmark: More shippers and shipping companies boycott Arctic sea routes, but it isn’t solving the problem, experts claim, The Independent Barents Observer

Finland: Finland investigates oil leak risks from Baltic Sea shipwrecks, Yle News

Greenland: The Arctic shipping route no one is talking about, Cryopolitics Blog

Iceland: Iceland to restrict heavy fuel oil use in territorial waters, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Hybrid-powered electric cruise ship navigates Northwest Passage, CBC News

Russia: Shipping figures rising on Russia’s Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer

United Kingdom: Exemptions to possible Arctic HFO ban denounced by Indigenous orgs, environmental groups, Eye on the Arctic

United States: Carnival Corporation ships switch to cleaner fuel on Arctic cruises, Radio Canada International

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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