"Rosatomflot" already entered the ranks of the largest transportation companies in the two years of becoming a lucrative subsidy. In 2011, 1,400 million rubles from the federal treasury nuclear fleet earned 1,521.5 million rubles. This year, the North is the way there have been several major transit transactions, the total volume shipped was 685,000 tons. In 2012, only bulk cargo transit projected at 1.8 million tons, and taking into account the transport of oil and other resources, and it can reach five million tons.
The length of the reference route Rotterdam — Yokohama when crossing the Indian Ocean is 11 200 nautical miles. When you follow the Northern Sea Route through the Arctic, the distance is reduced to 3,900 nautical miles (34%), and the travel time from 33 days to 20. Besides going through the Arctic vessels are not at risk of being attacked by pirates in the South Seas.
"The fleet has become more manageable, it is best served, it is noticeable that he had a strong leader with strong ties. In addition, the state corporation "Rosatom" goes to meet its partners’, — Said Head of the High Arctic expedition of the Institute of Arctic and Antarctic Vladimir Sokolov.
And in the short term plans to build three new diesel and one nuclear-powered icebreakers. In addition, the 14-15th years, is scheduled to begin constructing a universal icebreaker project LK-60 power of 60 mW. In the new icebreaker will be changed body shape and used other innovations, thanks to cross the ice-breaker will increase by 25-30%, says the Deputy Director General of "Rosatomflota" Andrei Smirnov.
The construction of new nuclear vessels becomes relevant not only because of the travel benefits of the Arctic, but also because of the plans to develop the natural resources of the region. After all, nuclear icebreakers in the Arctic allow the operation of any technical difficulties — including supertankers to carry out the wiring, the bottom of Arctic exploration, the provision of oil and gas production.