Russian sailors are moving to the North Pole. The Northern sea route is experiencing fast growth, offering careers and money in the Arctic. This has been made possible by the new Project 2220 icebreakers opening the Eastern part of the Northern sea route — for decades, only the Western region was used. They’ve opened up a direct path between Northern Europe and Asia, bypassing European seaports. It means open trade for metals, oil, natural gas, and coal in Asian markets for Russia.
Project 2220 ice breakers can use both sea and river routes, break ice three metres thick and operate for decades without refuelling. So how does it feel to be on board a brand-new nuclear-powered giant?