Nuclear-powered icebreakers called in to free the ports.
The Barents Observer reports that two of Russia’s largest Arctic out-shipment points for oil and LNG are “packed with ice” leaving tankers and carriers stranded.
Experts had expected that ice clogging the Gulf of Ob would melt with the summer months, allowing the state-owned energy company Rosatomflots to avoid using their nuclear-powered icebreakers.
Two nuclear-powered icebreakers, the Taymyr and the Vaygach, are working overtime. There are also several smaller tugs and icebreakers working in the waters around the Sabetta port.
According to Rosatomflot, its icebreakers will be working at least through the first week of July to free stranded ships from the ice.
The fear about rapid melting of ice caps in the Arctic “seems to have receded a little and we are returning to the standards of the 1980s and 1990s,” said Rosatomflot representative Andrey Smirnov.
The Gulf of Ob a bay of the Arctic Ocean, located in Northern Russia at the mouth of the Ob River.
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“Lol look amount of ice beeakers lol,” says David