The Sevmorput container carrier, owned by Russia’s nuclear fleet authority, Atomflot, is the only nuclear-powered cargo vessel, which may be used to deliver export consignments from the Arkhangelsk port to China and to bring fish from the Far East to Russia’s European part, press service of the Arkhangelsk Region’s governor said following a meeting between Governor Igor Orlov and Atomflot’s Director General Mustafa Kashka on Tuesday, TASS reported.
"Specialists collect applications from producers, including on fish deliveries from the Far East," the press service said. "On return voyages, the ship could deliver products, which the Arkhangelsk Region exports to China."
According to experts, every month the Arkhangelsk Region fills up to 2,000 containers, which are transported by railways. This terrestrial route requires more time and handling. The Sevmorput vessel may serve the Far East destination between July and December.
In early March, the ship came for the first time to the port of Arkhangelsk. It took aboard 10,000 tonnes - equipment and construction materials for the Arctic LNG-2 project.
The Sevmorput nuclear-powered container ship is the only nuclear-powered cargo vessel in the world. It was launched on November 2, 1984, commissioned on December 31, 1988. The nuclear power plant’s output is 29 MW (40,000 HP). The length is 260.23m, beam - 32.2m and displacement tonnage is 61,800.