50 Let Pobedy icebreaker to host Arctic conference
From August 13 to August 23, the Atomflot federal state unitary enterprise's nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy will be the setting for a conference to mark 40 years since the Arktika nuclear icebreaker reached the North Pole for the first time, Rosatomflot's press office reported.
On August 13, the icebreaker will leave Murmansk and set sail for the North Pole so that the participants of the conference can reach the 90° northern latitude on the exact day that marks the 40th anniversary of this seminal expedition for every sailor and polar explorer. On August 23, the icebreaker will bring the participants back to Murmansk.
The conference will feature representatives of the State Duma, the Federation Council, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatomflot partners, participants of the Arktika nuclear icebreaker's legendary voyage, and journalists. They will be joined by Maria Smirnova from Kirov, who won the viewers' vote at the All-Russian children's drawing competition Polyus Arktiki (The Arctic Pole), and Alexei Yevtukov, a soon-to-be cadet of the Nakhimov Naval School branch in Murmansk, who got the highest scores on his entrance exams.
The participants will discuss a wide range of topics concerning the future development of the nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet and hydrocarbon development projects in high latitudes.