The nuclear powered icebreaker "50 Years of Victory" headed for the Baltic Sea

January 31 from Murmansk towards the Baltic Sea went the icebreaker "50 Years of Victory" of the Rosatomflot. From 00 hours n February 1, it starts working under the agreement with the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Rosmorport" to ensure safe escorting of large-tonnage vessels in the direction to the ports in the Gulf of Finland.

The transition to the workplace will take 6-7 days depending on weather conditions.  All the countries along the border of the territorial waters of which will follow the nuclear icebreaker, warned about its work within the certain timeframes through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The separate notification was sent to the Centre for radiation and nuclear safety of the Republic of Finland. Upon reaching the Gulf of Finland, the atomic icebreaker "50 Years of Victory" will start pilotage of the large-tonnage vessels to the ports of Big Port of St.Petersburg, Primorsk, Vysotsk, Ust-Luga.

Ice conditions in the Baltic Sea remain relatively calm - in early January has started active ice formation, now under the northern coast near the port of Primorsk has already formed fast ice.

Recall, that nuclear powered icebreakers belonging to the Rosatomflot will provide safe pilotage of vessels in the Gulf of Finland for the fourth year. The first atomic icebreaker "Vaygach" of the Rosatmoflot worked in the Baltic Sea in winter navigation in the 2011 year. Then, for 50 days of continuous operation icebreaker escorted 258 different ships. In winter 2012 the nuclear icebreakers "50 Years of Victory" and "Russia" worked on the Gulf of Finland from February 2 to April 18. During the navigation the icebreaking pilotage was provided totally for 322 vessels (137 ships - "50 Years of Victory ", 185 ships - "Russia"). In 2013, after 90 days of operation the atomic icebreaker "Russia" escorted 355 ships.

Source: the press-service of the Rosatomflot

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