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Putin puts shipping safety regulation in the Arctic into the hands of the nuclear industry!

It’s a law – Russian Arctic shipping to be regulated by Rosatom

President Putin signs the bill that makes the country’s state nuclear power company top regulator of the Northern Sea Route.By Atle Staalesen, January 02, 2019

Rosatom has officially been granted the leading role in the development of the vast Russian Arctic. The company that employs more than 250,000 people and engages in a multitude of activities related to nuclear power development and production is now formally Russia’s management authority for the Northern Sea Route.

The law was adopted by the State Duma on the 11th December and on the 28th signed by Vladimir Putin.

The new legislation comes as Russian Arctic shipping is on rapid increase. In 2018, about 18 million tons of goods was transported on the sea route, an increase of almost 70 percent from 2017. And more is to come. According to Vladimir Putin so-called May Decrees, the top national priorities, shipping on the Northern Sea Route is to reach 80 million tons already by year 2024.

Rosatom’s new powers in the Arctic include development and operational responsibilities for shipping, as well as infrastructure and sea ports along the northern Russian coast.

The responsibilities of the Northern Sea Route Administration, that until now has operated under the Ministry of Transport, will now be transferred to Rosatom.

It was Putin himself who in early 2017 made clear that a coordinating government agency for the Northern Sea Route was needed. A battle between Rosatom and the Ministry of Transport followed. In December 2017, it became clear that the nuclear power company had won that fight.

A central person in the new structure will be Vyacheslav Ruksha, the former leader of nuclear icebreaker base Atomflot.

The nuclear power company has since 2008 operated the fleet of nuclear-power icebreakers. Currently, five icebreakers are based in Atomflot, Murmansk, and several more ships are under construction, including four powerful LK-60 vessels.

Rosatom is also in the planning process of the «Lider», the 120 MW capacity super-powerful ship that can break through two meter thick ice at an unprecedented 10-12 knot speed.

January 5, 2019 - Posted by | politics, Russia, safety, secrets,lies and civil liberties


  1. The Russians have dumped a hundred thousand tons of nuclear waste, into the arctic since 1946.

    That includes nuclear submarines at Kira. That includes 30 thousand or, more tons of hilevel nuclear waste. There is also the hilevel , sellafield-like nuclear waste dump, in the Baltic, created by the Russians.

    Is it any wonder there is a reindeer and polar near killoff going on in the arctic?

    The Bristish have dumped nuclear waste into the arctic. America abandoned a nuclear power plant in Greenland with a large amount of nuclear waste, in the same place.

    That American military installation-nuclear plant and waste, was exposed a couple of years ago, when all the snow and ice melted off it in Greenland.

    A great deal of that waste went and is going into the arctic ocean. There is an arctic sea current that runs by fulushima. It is transporting highly irradiated water, from Fulushima into the arctic ocean. How come no one ever says anything about these things?

    Comment by nick hashimoto | January 6, 2019 | Reply

    • Well, I’ve read about some of that. But mostly, people don’t say things because it reflects rather poorly.

      Comment by Frank Labuschagne | January 6, 2019 | Reply

      • I just have to point out that is basically facetious, if that’s the word (sorry my english is quite horrible). 50 million cars is much worse, despite the claims in the article.

        Comment by Frank Labuschagne | January 6, 2019

  2. So either you have sold out or you let a teoll post any garbage they want here. Yes fascism is taking over

    Comment by doug | January 6, 2019 | Reply

    • I am at a loss to understand what you mean here, Doug

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 6, 2019 | Reply

    • I am getting a glimmer of what you might mean, Doug.Frank Labuschagne has just sent in a comment – with a link about shipping pollution. When I read through that article, I found that it was, in reality, a soft sell for nuclear power. Is this what you are talking about, Doug?

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 7, 2019 | Reply

      • Why do you think I mentioned it? I cant even point out how people, nuclear industry sellouts, for instance, try to pose issues of pollution as a reason to promot nuclear stuff? Unbelievable. Sorry but that’s enough.

        Comment by Frank Labuschagne | January 8, 2019

      • You did not make that clear, in your comment

        Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 8, 2019

  3. I did mention the facetious bit, mentioned something about my friend Odin, I also pointed out the ending paragraph promoting nuclear stuff and how the article is basically filled with lies, Yeah, sorry.

    Comment by Frank Labuschagne | January 8, 2019 | Reply

    • Faith is a fickle thing.

      Comment by Frank Labuschagne | January 8, 2019 | Reply

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