Russian icebreaker sets Northern Sea Route record

A nuclear Russian icebreaker has, according to a Russian media, set a new record for traversing the Northern Sea Route. However, less than 20 vessels made use of the route in 2015.

With a transit time of 7.5 days, or 185 hours, Russian nuclear icebreaker vessel Vaygach has allegedly set a new speed record on the route from Cape Dezhnev in eastern Siberia to the White Sea in the southern part of the Barents Sea, reports Russian news media Port News.

The distance was 2,250 nautical miles, and the average speed was thus more than 12 knots. The most remarkable aspect, however, is not so much the speed as it is the time of year in which the journey was performed - namely from December 17 to December 25 2015, which is around a month later than the period in which it is usually possible to sail through the waters north of Russia.

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