Atomic cargo ship resumes service

3 Nov 2021

The Russian nuclear-powered container ship Sevmorput, which lost half of her propeller last year on her way to Antarctica, has just left St Petersburg. She is carrying 1400 tonnes of equipment for the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. The heavy packages will be unloaded in Vladivostok and then transferred to a conventional vessel bound for Bangladesh. The Sevmorput will use the north-east sea route. According to the press release from Atomflot, a subsidiary of Rosatom, “the crew is ready for the task at hand, the technical characteristics of the vessel will allow her to travel the entire route without the help of an icebreaker.” “Timely delivery of equipment and materials for nuclear power plants under construction is crucial for the timely and cost effective accomplishment of our projects.” The St Petersburg-Vladivostok journey is expected to take 25 days.

The Rooppur nuclear power plant has been under construction since 2013. It consists of two 1200 megawatt VVER reactors. Rooppur-1 is expected to be operative from 2023, Rooppur-2 from 2024.

Gulf of Ob, April  6, 2020. © D. Lobusov


Previous Robin des Bois’s publications on the Sevmorput :
Sevmorput, continuation and conclusion, or very nearly – press release n°9, December 30, 2020
Sevmorput – update, 24 December 2020 – press release n°8
New position of the Sevmorput, 23 December 2020 – press release n°7
SAVEmorput, 21 December 2020 – press release n°6
Technical and health problems on board the Sevmorput, 17 December 2020 – press release n°5
A disabled atomic ship is heading towards Europe, 14 December 2020 – press release n°4
Last minute. Sevmorput in breakdown off the coast of Africa, 25 November 2020 – press release n°3
Sevmorput in breakdown off the coast of Africa, 19 November 2020 – 15h30 – press release n°2
An atomic merchant ship is zigzagging towards Antarctica, 10 November 2020
2013- ” Shipbreaking “, Bulletin of information and analysis on end-of-life ships, n°31, pdf 90 pages, 6.54 Mo, cf. page 84.
2014- ” Shipbreaking “, Bulletin of information and analysis on end-of-life ships, n°34, pdf 56 pages, 6.4 Mo, cf. page 12.







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