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One of the largest Russian icebreaker ships, Sevmorput is a nuclear-powered LASH (lighter aboard ship) cargo carrier and container ship. (Flickr)

Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput on her first voyage under Arctic LNG 2 project

Russia - The Sevmorput, a nuclear-powered LASH carrier / container carrier, has left the Port of Arkhangelsk* for the Gydan peninsula today, 21 March 2019. According to Atomflot, the ship is loaded with general cargo of different types for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

“It is a promising activities for Rosaomflot, - believes Mustafa Kashka, General Director of FSUE Atomflot. – We are open for cooperation with companies interested in cargo transportation via the Northern Sea Route and to the Far East. This voyage is one of the examples of successful deployment of nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput.”

Under the Arctic LNG 2 project, the Sevmorput will deliver pipes, metal structures, containers and construction equipment of Russian origin.

Farid Gabbasov, the Sevmorput Master, says the voyage from Arkhangelsk to the Utrenneye field in the Gulf of Ob will take no more than five days.

Upon completion of works at the Utrenneye field, the Sevmorput carrier will leave for Arkhangelsk to be loaded with the second batch of cargo to supply the Arctic LNG 2 project.

The nuclear-powered icebreaking combo LASH carrier / container ship Sevmorput (named after the Northern Sea Route) was built at Kerch, USSR based Zaliv Shipyard. The Sevmorput was laid down on November 2, 1984, launched on February 20, 1986 and put into operation on December 31, 1988.

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* Port of Arkhangelsk is a major seaport at Arkhangelsk, located at the mouth of the Northern Dvina River, 50 km from the Dvina Bay of the White Sea. The important point links with coastal areas of the Russian North. For much of Russia's history this was Russia's main centre of international maritime trade, conducted by the so-called Pomors from Kholmogory. During the Soviet period it was a major naval and submarine base of the Soviet Navy.