Construction of Russia’s long-mooted, Leader-class nuclear icebreaker, specified with 120MW of propulsion power and destined for the eastern Arctic, has been awarded to Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, writes David Tinsley. The ultra-modern vessel will be the world’s most potent icebreaker in terms of shaft power, with the capability to open and maintain channels through ice up to four metres in thickness. The project represents a long-term investment in Russia’s strategy for the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The Arctic seaway is seen as an increasingly important conduit both for Russian oil and gas export shipments and also for international shipping undertaking voyages between eastern Asia and northern Europe.
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