The world’s only nuclear-powered non-military ships are operated by Russia. These include five nuclear powered icebreakers and one cargo ship, the Sevmorput. While Russia is building five new nuclear icebreakers, the first one completed has run into problems. To make matters worse, the oldest Russian nuclear-powered ship, the Sevmorput was stranded off the west coast of Africa as emergency repairs are undertaken so it can continue its trip to Antarctica where it will deliver 5,000 tons of supplies and construction materials for a new Russian research base in Antarctica. The mission was cancelled and on December 2 nd the Sevmorput turned around and began the long voyage, at half speed, to repairs at St Petersburg. The temporary fix involved disabling one of the four propellers so that two were out of action but at least the ship could steer, which was not the case when one of the four propellers was out of action and there was no way to easily turn off any of the others.
Strategy Page 25th Dec 2020 read more »
A Russian nuclear-powered cargo ship bound for Antarctica has been forced to turn back after sustaining damage, and will bypass Europe before undergoing repairs, state nuclear agency Rosatom said Wednesday. Green activists have expressed concern that the vessel will be sailing past several European countries on its way home during the winter storm season.
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