The government held a meeting on expanding the fleet and building new inland waterways and shipping routes.
The support and financial aid from the government are expected to induce ship-owners to renovate the fleet. During the last seven years, Russia built more than 150 cardo ships and mixed river-sea-going ships, over 80 of which were built on Russian shipyards. For the last five years, Russian fleet increased by 30%.
The freight transportation volumes of icebreakers, liquefied natural gas carriers, oil tankers, bulk carriers, auxiliary ships and salvaging ships, survey vessels in the Northeast Passage in planned to be increased to 80 million tons. This will prevent inland waterway freight turnover from dropping and bring in new types of freight.
The Russian Baltic Shipyard is currently constructing three nuclear-powered icebreakers of project 222200: Arktika, Sibir, and Ural with a full displacement of 33,540 t, and a designated service life of 40 years. The icebreakers will be equipped with two nuclear reactors and will become the largest and most powerful (60 MW) nuclear-powered icebreakers in the world.