Sevmorput icebreaker

Sevmorput icebreaker cruise ship

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Russia (Icebreakers)

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Sevmorput icebreaker current location is at Baltic Sea (coordinates 59.93731 N / 29.70396 E) cruising en route to RUBRONKA. The AIS position was reported 10 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Sevmorput icebreaker

Year built1988  /  Age: 33
Flag state Russia
BuilderZaliv Shipyard (Kerch, Ukraine)
ClassRussian nuclear icebreaker (container cargo ship)
OwnerRussian Federation
OperatorAtomflot (Rosmorport)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)260 m / 853 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage38226 gt

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NS Sevmorput ("атомный ледокол Севморпуть") is a Russian nuclear icebreaker. "NS" stands for "nuclear ship".  The vessel is state-owned (by the Russian Federation) and operated by Atomflot. The Atomflot company provides all Russian nuclear icebreakers with maintenance and technological services. The company also serves the country's special vessels fleet.

NS Sevmorput icebreaker ship

One of the largest Russian icebreaker ships Sevmorput is a nuclear-powered LASH (lighter aboard ship) cargo carrier and container ship. The vessel's building cost was nearly USD 265 million. Sevmorput is named after the Northern Sea Route ("Северный Морской Путь") on which the ship operates year-round.

In October 2012 was announced that the nuclear cargo ship would be decommissioned and scrapped. The decision was reversed in December 2013. However, as of 2015, the vessel is laid up at Atomflot base near Murmansk (Kola Peninsula, Barents Sea). Ut returned to service in February 2016.

Immediately after its launch, the icebreaker was denied entry to major seaports in the USSR Far East. Port authorities of Vostochny, Nakhodka, Vladivostok, and Magadan refused to accept the 2-month-old vessel. The reason was civil protests caused by uncertainty about the safety of its nuclear power plant as the Chernobyl disaster happened only 2 years earlier (April 26, 1986). Finally, on March 13, 1989, Sevmorput was allowed to dock at Vladivostok.

The ship was used mainly on the cargo shipping route between Murmansk and Dudinka, but also made several sailings to Vietnam. As of 2016, the Sevmorput icebreaker's itinerary program offers services as a floating laboratory resource support for the Arctic.

Russia's nuclear fleet of ice-breaking vessels is used exclusively in the Arctic Ocean for escorting merchant ships and assisting research stations floating in the ice-covered waters north of Siberia. These ships are also used for scientific and Arctic cruise expeditions. The Russian nuclear ice-breakers must sail in ice-cold waters to effectively cool their reactors.

NS Sevmorput container ship details

As cargo capacity, Sevmorput can carry 74 lighters (flat-bottom barges) of 300 tons cargo capacity each, in 6 царго holds and in 2 layers on the stern deck. The lighters are loaded and unloaded via big gantry crane (by KONE manufacturer) with a lifting capacity of 500 tons.

NS Sevmorput nuclear icebreaker ship design (container ship)

The vessel also has two 3-ton auxiliary cranes. When not carrying lighters, NS Sevmorput can carry 20- and 40-foot containers (up to 20,3 and 30,5 tons) in 3 layers. The total container capacity is 1328 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

This is one of only 4 nuclear-powered merchant ships ever constructed - together with NS Mutsu (Japan, launched 1970, decommissioned in 1992), NS Savannah (the USA, launched 1962, decommissioned in 1972, currently museum ship) and NS Otto Hahn (Germany, launched 1968, scrapped in 2009).

NS Sevmorput icebreaker ship

Besides the container carrier Sevmorput, the list of other Russian nuclear icebreaker ships includes 50 Let Pobedy (2007), Rossiya (1982), Sibir (2019), Sovetskiy Soyuz (1990), Taymyr (1989), Ural (2020), Vaygach (1990), Yamal (1992).

  • The vessel has 1 dining room, Sauna, Library, Auditorium, Passenger Lounge, Gymnasium, 1 swimming pool (indoor, heated), Infirmary, 1 elevator, no helipad (helicopter deck).
  • Max Draught: 11 m (36 ft)
  • DWT Deadweight tonnage: 26480 tons (Arctic)
  • Displacement tonnage: 61800 tons
  • Icebreaking capacity: 1,8 m (6 ft)
  • Range: unlimited
  • Power: KLT-40 nuclear reactor (135 MW power output), 3x turbo-diesel generators (1,7 MW each)
  • Propulsion: Single shaft; steam turbine (29,42 MW output); 1x 4-blade ducted propeller

Note: In the case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.

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The vessel was laid down on November 2, 1984. It was launched (floated-out from drydock) on February 20, 1986, and inaugurated (entered service) on December 31, 1988. Ship's characteristics include nuclear power plant (total output 29 MW), DWT (displacement tonnage 61,880 tons (SLL / summer load line), SLL deadweight 33,980 tons, cargo capacity / containers 1320 (20-ft) plus 428 (40-ft).

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