FSUE Atomflot (an enterprise of Rosatom) on January 23, 2018, has summed up the results of 2017. According to the results, 492 ships of the total gross tonnage of 7.17 million tons passed the Northern Sea Route assisted by nuclear ice-breakers in 2017 (for comparison, in 2016 there were 410 ships of the gross tonnage of 5.28 million tons).
«Off-shipment of hydrocarbon products is the key factor of the nuclear icebreaker fleet demand. In future, the escort numbers will rise. Crews of the port nuclear icebreakers and tow boats are maximum responsible for their contractual commitments. This is the best ads of their work for their potential clients,» Mustafa Kashka, Chief Engineer of Atomflot, says.
Rosatomflot ensures stable annual growth of earnings. This is due to the work the company does to keep the existing icebreaker service consumers and to find new clients. In 2017, earnings of the company grew up to RUB 6,622 million (in 2013 – RUB 1,828 million). In total, over five years (2013 to 2017) this indicator grew up by 3.6 times.
The Baltijskiy Zavod – Sudostroyenie continues building universal nuclear icebreakers (UNI) of Project 22220. In September 2017, the first UNI Sibir was launched. The leading UNI Arktika will be set off in mid-2019; the 1st series-build nuclear icebreaker Sibir – November 2020 and the 2nd series-build nuclear icebreaker Ural – in November 2021.
In 2017, Atomflot continued its Portoflot project. It was established by Rosatomflot as part of the global Yamal LNG project which is implemented in the Russia’s Arctic Zone. The building of a port icebreaker, two icebreaker towing boats and two tow boats of ice class are to ensure round-the-year safe berthing of large-capacity ships at berths of Sabetta Port.
In November 2017, the icebreaker towing boat Yuribei of Project T40105 was put in operation. It is of ice class Arc 6 that allows the ship to render specialized services to large-size vehicles carrying liquefied natural gas and stable gas condensate. In December 2017, the Yuribei took part in loading the 1st batch of Yamal LNG.