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Russia increases presence on Northern Sea Route

In an effort to ensure the increasing commercial shipping activity on the Northern Sea Route, not least the route's business opportunities, Russia has now ordered three new nuclear class ice-breakers. Additionally, the first of ten new safety centres has been opened. 

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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.

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