Transport Ministry releases Northern Sea Route Development project specifications
The Russian Ministry of Transport has published the data sheet specifications for the Northern Sea Route federal development project.
According to the project description, the total capacity of the sea terminals along the Northern Sea Route will be expanded from 32 mln to 83 mln tons per year, and cargo shipments are expected to reach 80 mln tons per year by 2025. The plan also includes photographing the sea bottom relief in the waters of the Northern Sea Route and in limiting sections (with controlling depths) of Yenisei Bay, the Yenisei and Kolyma rivers; and charting the deep-water routes along the entire route for ships with a draught of 15 meters.
There are plans to modernize the Petr Kotsov research vessel in 2023 and the Alexey Maryshev research vessel in 2024. Additionally, an Arc7 class lead research vessel is expected to be launched next year.
A digital ecosystem for the Northern Sea Route will be developed, with an integrated platform of digital services provided in the waters of the Northern Sea Route.
The development project also includes construction of an icebreaker fleet. The third universal nuclear icebreaker under Project 22220 will be launched in 2024, followed by a fourth vessel in 2026. The lead ship of Project 10510 (the Lider) will be launched in 2027, followed by a fifth nuclear icebreaker of Project 22220 in 2028 and the sixth in 2030. The lead multi-purpose maintenance vessel under Project 22770 will be launched in 2029. The ship will be responsible for the entire scope of maintenance services, including recharging onboard nuclear reactors and floating nuclear power units.
Year-round navigation along the Northern Sea Route will begin by 2025.