On February 9, the lead universal nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika of Atomflot FSUE began escorting vessels Engineer Trubin and Polar King from the port of Pevek. For the first time ever, the atomic ship of project 22220 will take part in the east-west escort of a convoy. Traditionally, in this sector of the Arctic the piloting of ships was over in November. The nuclear-powered icebreaker of Rosatomflot will be assisted by diesel-electric icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn.Nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika works under a contract to escort convoys of ships with cargoes for a large-scale investment project for the development of the Baim ore zone in the Chukotka advanced development zone.Severe ice conditions are currently observed in the eastern region of the Northern Sea Route. Ice thickness reaches two meters in some places.It is planned that by the end of February Arktika will complete the convoy escort.