Arctika nuclear icebreaker’s lifetime to be extended

The Regulatory examined the icebreaker, which is situated at the Murmansk Shipyard now. The icebreaker’s reactor has operated for 140,000 hours what is 1.5 times more than allowed. The specialists, however, believe that the reactor’s life operation can be extended to 175,000 hours. At the moment specialists from several research institutes, design bureau, and the Murmansk Shipping Company try to find the solution. After receiving the operating licence from the State Nuclear Regulatory, icebreaker Arctika will continue to convoy the cargo ships along the North Sea Route.