High-tech icebreaker ‘Alexander Sannikov’ becomes the latest addition to Russia’s Arctic Fleet
The Alexander Sannikov, a new cutting-edge icebreaker, commissioned by Gazprom Neft was built to support tankers going from Novoportovskoye field along the North Sea route. The new vessel will help ensure year-round supplies of Arctic oil to the global markets.
The Alexander Sannikov is the company’s first icebreaker to be built under the “Arctic Time” programme. Six tankers have already been launched and operate under this programme, currently deployed in the transportation of the Novy Port oil. The new vessel will commence its regular support journeys in August.
Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Gazprom Neft, commented: “Our estimates indicate that demand for the North Sea route transportation will increase by one third by 2030. Establishing our own Arctic fleet will enable us to maintain our leadership in the Russian Arctic in the long term. Following the launch of the Alexander Sannikov, the construction of the Andrey Vilkitsky, our second high-tech icebreaker is near completion.”