Atomflot icebreakers escorted twice as many ships in the Arctic last year
In 2016, the number of ships that Atomflot icebreakers escorted in the Arctic more than doubled compared to 2015, the company's communications department said.
"In 2016, nuclear-powered icebreakers escorted 410 vessels with a gross tonnage of 5,288,284 metric tons along the Northern Sea Route. For comparison, 195 vessels with a gross tonnage of 2,042,522 metric tons were escorted in 2015," the report noted.
Atomflot icebreakers escort vessels servicing major national hydrocarbon projects in the Arctic.