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Wed Sep 8, 2021, 07:17 AM

When a nuclear icebreaker stops at the North Pole

Smoking a pipe and looking out over the vast, icy Arctic, captain Dmitry Lobusov sounds his ship's horn to signal to passengers they are near their destination: the North Pole.

The Arctic Ocean is too deep to drop anchor, but a thick ice embankment offers a dock for Lobusov's giant vessel -- one among Russia's growing fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers.

The 160-metre (525-foot) ship called "50 Let Pobedy" ("50 Years of Victory" reduces speed.

"Take a left, we'll stop here," Lobusov tells Diana Kidzhi, his second in command and the most senior woman in Russia's nuclear icebreaker fleet.

Thirty minutes later, the giant red-and-black ship is stopped within short walking distance of Earth's most northerly point.

"Well done," Lobusov says, shaking Kidzhi's hand and disembarking from the deck.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210908-when-a-nuclear-icebreaker-stops-at-the-north-pole

Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

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