Russia's first floating power plant dubbed a 'nuclear Titanic' sets sail

Floating in the frigid waters of St Petersburg, a world first. Russia developing what’s being called a floating nuclear power plant. But The Independent says environmentalists have dubbed the vessel a “nuclear Titanic” and a “floating Chernobyl.”

You can see behind the Russian flag the Akademik Lomonosov setting sail on its maiden voyage, the creation of a state-controlled nuclear energy firm, designed to send power to remote locations.

Branded with that unmistakable atomic logo, the nuclear power plant will be towed through the Baltic Sea where it will then be loaded with nuclear fuel before being towed to Pevek, where it will be put into service in 2019.

As remarkable as it is, Greenpeace experts worry the so-called “nuclear Titanic,” floating in the water, could pose a risk to the environment.

Nevertheless, a second floating plant is expected to begin construction in 2019, with the energy firm insisting safety measures are in place making it quote “invincible for tsunamis and other natural disasters.”

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An employee walks at the control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A telephone is seen in a control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A general view shows a New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A visitor holds a butterfly that was found in a pump room of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee walks through the corridor of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A control centre of the stopped third reactor is seen at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee walks through a pump room of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee measures the radiation level near a damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee and journalists walk through the corridor of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A control panel is seen in a control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Journalists walk through the corridor of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A house is seen in the abandoned village of Zalesye near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A control panel is seen in a control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A general view shows a New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee is seen in a pump room of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Dogs are seen in front of a new Safe Confinement (NSC) structure over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A water tanker sprays water on a road to prevent radioactive dust from being blown away in front of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee walks through the corridor of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A bus carrying workers leaves in front of a new Safe Confinement (NSC) structure over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A control panel is seen in a control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee measures the radiation level as journalists take pictures at a control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A control panel is seen in a control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An employee walks through the corridor of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Employees walk through the corridor of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Workers sweep radioactive dust at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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