Murmansk Shiping Company to part with nuclear ice-breakers

Publish date: October 13, 2003

The Russian Transport Ministry is planning to hand over all the nuclear icebreakers to the new Federal Company Sevmorput.

The first deputy of the Transport Ministry Vyacheslav Ruksha said that a new federal company would be established to manage effectively the nuclear icebreakers, ITAR-TASS reported. At the moment, Murmansk Shipping Company manages the nuclear icebreakers. The Sevmorput will also take over Atomflot Company, service base for nuclear icebreakers. According to the Transport Ministry, this restructuring would allow to make shipping in the Arctic Ocean more effective. The icebreakers, including the nuclear ones, help to transport 1.7m tons of cargo annually. This number should reach from 12 to 15m tons. Half of this cargo would be hydrocarbon raw materials from Timano-Pechora and other Siberian deposits, Ruksha added.

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