Sunday, December 31, 2023

Russian Nuclear-Powered Ship that Supplied Military Facilities in North Suffers Major Fire and May Now Be Scrapped

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Dec. 29 – The Sevmorput, the world’s only nuclear-powered container ship that had most recently been supplying Russian military facilities along the Arctic coast suffered a fire and may now be scrapped on schedule in 2024 rather than having its service extended by yet another refit, The Barents Observer reports.

            Rosatom and the Russian authorities threw a veil of secrecy over the fire after some sparse initial reports given that a fire on a nuclear vessel could have threatened the 270,000 people n nearby Murmansk, the watchdog publication says (

            The ship, built in 1988, lay idle for may years after the USSR collapsed; but in 2013, officials decided to renovate it –and  since 2016, it has been in service, delivering cargo to military bases on the Arctic littoral (         

Recently, Leonid Irlitsa, head of Russia’s Atomflot corporation, said the Sevmorput would be scrapped in 2024 and replaced with several non-nuclear vessels that have become available ( But if history is any guide, there is likely to be a gap between this ship’s end of service and the arrival of its replacements. 

No comments:

Post a Comment