It's no secret that Russia sees the increasing traffic on the Norther Sea Route, which connects Europe and Asia north over Russia, as a solid business opportunity. The country is the only player with nuclear class ice-breakers to help ships through the passage.
And now the country expands its fleet, according to Sustainable Shipping. Thus, Russia has ordered three new ice-breakers from shipyard Baltiysky Zavod. According to the yard's CEO, the new ships will have a draft between 8.5 and 10.5 meters, while the width of 34 meters means that the ships can cut the way for ships of 100,000 dwt.