Russia is building a giant nuclear-powered ice-breaker to control the Arctic Sea Route.
The Russian giant nuclear-powered ice-breaker named ‘Leader,’ is designed to keep the icy Northern Sea Route open all year long.
Unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin, the enormous icebreaker that is 586 feet long, would have a working capacity of 110 megawatts.
It will be capable of cutting through ice up to 4.5 meters deep.
Leader would ‘open the road’ to tankers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG), through the Northern Sea Route during winter.
The Northern Sea Route lies entirely in Arctic waters, from the Kara Sea, off Siberia, to the Bering Strait.
In June, Russia launched ‘The Arktika,’ its biggest icebreaker yet. Credit Russian Shamucov