The 50 Years of Victory nuclear-powered icebreaker has set a speed record in the Northern Sea Route, covering the distance from Murmansk to the North Pole in 79 hours.

 This is twice as fast as the Soviet-era Arktika, which on 17 August 1977 became the first surface vessel to reach the North Pole - in 176 hours, Atomflot Shipping Director Andrey Smirnov said.

 The seventh and largest Arktika class icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory entered service in 2007 and made the journey to the North Pole to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Arktika's expedition.

Source: World Nuclear News