Nuclear ice-breakers line up for repairs

Publish date: September 12, 1997

Written by: Igor Kudrik

Murmansk repair yard completed the repairs on the nuclear powered icebreaker Soviet Union last week. The Soviet Union is due to resume operations in the Arctic this week.

Nuclear-powered ice-breaker Rossiya is to take over the place at the yard. The repairs on Rossiya will continue for 2.5 months.

Currently, Murmansk Shipping Company operates 7 nuclear powered icebreakers and one nuclear powered lighter vessel. The newest icebreaker, Yamal, was commissioned in 1993. Recent statements from MSCo management suggest that the two oldest nuclear-powered vessels, the Arktika (commissioned 1975) and the Sibir (1977), will be taken out of service shortly.