Russian plan to build icebreakers may fail

In recent years, the Arctic has become noticeably warmer and the period of free navigation has expanded significantly. Therefore, Novatek doubts the advisability of building four icebreakers operating on LNG to pilot gas carriers along the Northern Sea Route.

On October 28, 2020, the IV conference "LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Other Alternatives" was held. During the event, Alexander Semyonov, Director of the Sea Transportation Department of Novatek, made a speech. He stated that Novatek and Atomflot may abandon plans to build these icebreakers.

He substantiated this position by the fact that in May this year the large-capacity gas carrier Christophe de Margerie, owned by Sovcomflot, for the first time in history crossed the eastern part of the Northern Sea Route two months earlier than usual. The journey from the port of Sabetta to Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka took 12 days. It was a commercial flight from the Yamal LNG project to China.

There were difficult areas where the support of nuclear-powered ships was required, but we had a unique experience, it forces us, together with Atomflot, to revise the concept of icebreaking support for our LNG projects

He explained.

Semenov added that in January-February 2021, Novatek plans to organize another experimental flight along the Northern Sea Route.

Perhaps we will not need so many icebreakers, given that the state program is being implemented to upgrade the icebreaker fleet.

- he explained.

Gazprom Neft and Norilsk Nickel operate in the same region, so so far we have no answer whether we will build them

- he noted, stressing that the company is now assessing the required sufficiency of the icebreaker fleet.

Earlier, the private Novatek and the state-owned Rosatom agreed to set up a joint venture to build the aforementioned icebreakers, intended for escorting ships along the Northern Sea Route to Asia. Thus, the plan to build icebreakers may fail.

We remind you that according to the strategy for the development of the Arctic, approved by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, by 2024 the volume of cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route should reach 80 million tons per year, and by 2030 - 90 million tons. The document provides for year-round shipping and the construction of the required number of icebreakers.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 29 October 2020 19: 11
    Maybe it can't - just yesterday they reported about breakthroughs and victories?
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 29 October 2020 19: 47
      Private traders scratched the back of their heads - yes, well, it's nafig, the state is building nuclear power plants. If there are enough nuclear ones, why build your own?
      1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Alexander) 30 October 2020 13: 20
        Well, here with the state, as with God - .. Hope for God, but don’t make a mistake yourself. ”The state icebreakers will first of all go to solve the problems of the state, and not the private sharaga.
  2. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 29 October 2020 19: 55
    - Ha ... - Personally, I've already written about this NOVATEK so many times; compared to which Gazprom looks just like a card newbie ... next to a hardened card sharper ...
    - It's just that there is no time now ... in detail again ... and again to present everything in a new way about this Novatek; and I'm tired of repeating myself more than once ...
    -NOVATEK is a very serious scammer ... - the icebreaker scam ... is just the "tip of the iceberg" ...
  3. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 30 October 2020 13: 17
    Refusal to build icebreakers, this is reliable for the notorious `` maybe ''. Today it has become warmer, tomorrow it may get colder, but no one can build an icebreaker in one night, and then what, send this chatterbox to gnaw the ice with his teeth ?!
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 31 October 2020 10: 46
      To build icebreakers as needed, because we already have unnecessarily built (Turkish stream, etc.) LNG is promising, because pipelines to Europe no longer give the desired economic result, and LNG can be transported all over the world, where consumption is increasing ...
      1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Alexander) 31 October 2020 22: 29
        An icebreaker is not a pipe somewhere out there, it is a universal resource that can be used flexibly, anywhere and both for civilian and military ships. As for me, this business is necessary, only they need to be built in the Russian Federation, so as not to step on the mistral rake and not overpay, since in the Russian Federation it is cheaper to build and built ships, despite any sanctions, will always belong to the Russian Federation