The KV Svalbard breaks a nice path for the Russian ship. After talking to the XO I was very interested in the fact that the KV Svalbard can break the ice faster when it is going in reverse. The ship has two high horsepower electric motors in pods under the aft portion of the ship. The propellers, which were made in Russia from Russian steel, are designed to chop the ice as the ship moves along. When in a forward motion the ship breaks the ice and then chops it up. In reverse it chops the ice first then the hull pushes it aside leaving a better path for other ships to follow.