Rus­sia un­veils ‘world’s big­gest’ nu­clear ice­breaker

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW—Rus­sia on Thurs­day floated out a new nu­cle­ar­pow­ered ice­breaker, said to be the world’s big­gest and most pow­er­ful, to be used for haul­ing liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas from its Arc­tic ter­mi­nal.

Ark­tika, or­dered by Rus­sia’s Rosatom state nu­clear agency, was built at the Baltic Ship­yard in Saint Petersburg, and will be ready to use by the end of next year.

“There are no ice­break­ers like it in the world,” said Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko at the cer­e­mony, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany state­ment. “The Ark­tika ice­breaker presents truly new op­por­tu­ni­ties for our coun­try.”—AFP

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