6 Dec 2019 16:02

Freight traffic along Northern Sea Route in 2019 could top 30 mln tonnes - Rosatom head

MURMANSK. Dec 6 (Interfax) - Freight traffic along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in 2019 could exceed 30 million tonnes, Rosatom head Alexei Likhachev said at a meeting with Atomflot employees on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the atomic icebreaker fleet.

"We're ahead of schedule. The plan for this year, you know well, was 26 million tonnes, and that was reached on November 15. I'm confident that we'll exceed 30 million tonnes by the end of the year," Likhachev said.

Rosatom produces and enriches uranium and builds and operates nuclear power plants. Its subsidiary Atomflot is Russia's only purchaser and operator of atomic icebreakers. The company is not currently carrying out transportation; its icebreakers only accompany ships along the NSR. In 2018, it accompanied 331 ships with a total capacity of 12.7 million tonnes.