The unique Russian nuclear container ship is becoming more and more in demand

The nuclear container ship Sevmorput successfully delivered the first batch of building materials for the Vostochnaya Oil project to Taimyr the day before. It is worth noting that this ship is unique, since there is no ship of this class in any country in the world.

During the winter-spring navigation period, the container ship will have to perform two more voyages, and after all, literally 10 years ago, the ship was going to be cut into scrap metal, since it was expensive to maintain it in those days.

The world's only nuclear-powered container ship was launched in 1986. The ship operated on the lines Odessa - Vietnam - Vladivostok - North Korea. The ship could independently overcome ice up to one meter thick at a speed of up to two knots. In clear water, he developed a speed of up to 20 knots.

It is important that its nuclear power plant with a capacity of 40 thousand liters. with. does not limit cruising range. At the same time, unlike the Arktika icebreakers, this vessel can also operate in warm waters.

It would seem that such characteristics make the unique ship extremely popular. However, after the collapse of the USSR, the Sevmorput lost its job and stood at the pier for many years.

In 2013, work began on decommissioning the ship. However, at the last moment, Rosatom decided to give the unique ship a second chance.

The operating life of the reactor was extended to 150 hours, and the service life to 35 years. In addition, new equipment was installed on the ship, and in 2016 the Sevmorput made its first voyage after a long layoff.

To date, the world's only nuclear-powered container ship has traveled 302 miles and transported more than 1,5 million tons of cargo. Now, after the refusal of the leading sea carriers to work in Russia, the relevance of the Sevmorput vessel is growing more than ever.

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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) April 14 2022 11: 52
    Probably worth recognizing the operating experience as positive and continue the series. It's time to build new ones, 36 years old is still old, the ship will not work forever. Although not everything is so simple about "warm seas", not every port can call a ship with a nuclear reactor, and this imposes certain restrictions.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 14 2022 12: 23
    Expensive however. They try not to write the price, but by analogy with the Navy, a nuclear container ship is very expensive.
    Even in the article they noted that in the "fat" 10s there was no commercial work.
    1. ZmikeV Offline ZmikeV
      ZmikeV (Michael) April 15 2022 12: 45
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      in the "fat" 10s there was no commercial work.

      now there is a real job
  3. Scharnhorst Offline Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst) April 14 2022 18: 02
    Since we "did not fit" into the Western rules of container transportation, then for internal use we have and those who agree to receive nuclear-powered ships in the ports of countries continue the series. We will load shipbuilding and energy atom with work. I didn’t come across any sensible analytics, but my opinion is that nuclear ships against the backdrop of rising prices for hydrocarbons and the “green agenda” will be competitive by analogy with nuclear power plants against thermal power plants.
  4. ZmikeV Offline ZmikeV
    ZmikeV (Michael) April 15 2022 12: 44
    what a blessing that the paws of the liberoids did not reach the pride of our Arctic fleet!
  5. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) April 17 2022 14: 50
    In which country this ship was launched is unknown. But aliens built it, and then they lowered it from space, very carefully, into the water.