In 1971 winter crossings along Northern Sea Route became regular

In 1971 winter crossings along Northern Sea Route became regular

April 26, 2021

Half a century ago, the experiment of winter crossings to Dudinka was expanded and navigation was extended.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Back in 1970, two sea berths with a length of 290 meters were constructed, new equipment began to appear by the minute: cranes, excavators.

Everything was aimed at increasing the turnover, which in 1971 amounted to 2.5 million tons. For comparison: in 1968 this figure barely exceeded one million. The number of vessels handled increased both in river and sea directions.

The prolonged navigation, which from the experiment gradually turned  to be regular, was preceded by extensive preparation of the fleet, including the icebreaker, and the preparation of the Dudinsky port itself.

By navigation-1975, the Dudinsky port had a powerful technical base. There were 77 gantry cranes alone. Of the eleven floating cranes, there was even one hundred-ton one. And also pneumatic cranes, auto and electric forklifts, a serious car fleet.

The port fleet consisted of 25 vessels. There were also their own mechanical repair shops.

After 1970, representatives of the USSR Ministry of Marine Fleet and the USSR Ministry of Metals and Metallurgy came to grips with issues of year-round navigation along the Northern Sea Route. It took almost eight years.

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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

April 26, 2021

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