Russia’s largest nuclear icebreaker reduced to transporting tourists to the North Pole this summer

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The world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker “50 years of Victory” boasts 74,000 hp generated by 2 nuclear reactors , which will take tourists to the top of the world five times this summer.   Victory can crush ice up to 3 meters (10 feet) thick, however the large icebreaker only holds 128 guests.  On-board, amenities include an onboard gym, two saunas, a small swimming pool and a library onboard.

Cruise traffic to the North Pole is still very lucrative for Atomflot, says General Director Vyacheslav Ruksha: “It provides us with 70-80 days of work. The contract we had with Rosmorport on work in the Baltic was for 100 days, so the cruise work is just as good”, RIA Novosti informs.

Russia plans to start construction of the largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker ever built by the end of the year. This will make it possible for commercial traffic through the Northern Sea Route all year around.

The LK60 icebreakers will have the overall power of 60 MW with variable draught from 8.5 m to 10.8 m. It will replace one icebreaker of the Arktika class and one icebreaker of Taimyr class.

Source: Marinelink

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