Fire at Russia’s Sole Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker; No Casualties Reported

Mon Dec 25 2023
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MOSCOW: A fire broke out on Russia’s only nuclear-powered icebreaker and cargo ship, the Sevmorput. The Murmansk branch of the emergency ministry reported late on Sunday that the fire, which occurred in one of the ship’s cabins, was immediately extinguished, with no reported casualties.

The incident took place in an area of approximately 30 square meters (323 square feet) on the Sevmorput, the only nuclear-powered icebreaking transport ship in Russia’s fleet. The vessel, commissioned in 1988 and undergoing a substantial upgrade a decade ago, plays a crucial role in navigating the icy waters of the Barents and White seas.

The Murmansk region, located in Russia’s northwest and sharing borders with Finland and Norway, is of strategic importance for its proximity to vital international waters.

Sevmorput a Key Asset for Russia’s Rosatom Nuclear Firm

The Ministry, communicating via the Telegram messaging app, assured the public that no lives were lost in the incident. The Sevmorput has been a key asset for Russia’s state nuclear firm, Rosatom, contributing significantly to the nation’s ability to transport cargo through challenging Arctic conditions.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain the circumstances leading to the incident. The prompt response and successful containment of the fire underscore the importance of stringent safety measures, particularly given the ship’s nuclear propulsion system.

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