Russia’s surface vessel reaches North Pole for hundredth time
A Russian surface vessel has reached the North Pole for the hundredth time, Interfax reports. On August 16, the 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker arrived at the northernmost point of the planet with tourists onboard.
According to the Atomflot press service, surface ships have reached the North Pole 118 times.
"Soviet and Russian nuclear icebreakers have reached the top of the planet 95 times. The Akademik Fyodorov research vessel has visited the North Pole four times; the Kapitan Dranitsyn diesel icebreaker has made the trip once. The record holder among icebreakers is Yamal, which has reached the North Pole 48 times," the message states.
The 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker is the largest vessel of its kind in the world. It is 159 meters long and 30 meters wide. Its full displacement is 25,000 tons, and it can reach the speed of 18 knots. The vessel can break through the 2.8-meter thick ice. It has a total capacity of 75,000 horsepower (55 mW). The crew consists of 138 members. The vessel is annually used for tourism purposes and offers cruises to the Arctic.