Rosatom hopes State Duma passes Northern Sea Route operator bill
The Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation expects the State Duma to pass a bill on appointing it the Northern Sea Route's operator during its autumn session, according to Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev.
"Our hopes are running high, and we ask State Duma members to pass the bill during this session," he said Wednesday at a meeting in Nizhny Novgorod.
In July 2018, the State Duma passed the first version of a bill allowing Rosatom to operate the Northern Sea Route's infrastructure. The bill was drafted to more actively develop the Northern Sea Route as a national shipping lane in the Russian Arctic, to expand the infrastructure of local seaports and to increase local freight traffic.
Under the bill, Rosatom shall provide state services in the area of maritime activities and shall also manage state property along the Northern Sea Route and in nearby territories. Rosatom's new powers are expected to guarantee more cost-effective state management, as regards the Northern Sea Route's development and sustained operations, as well as that of its seaport infrastructure.