On 30 October 2018, Lomonosov Prospect, Sovcomflot’s large-capacity tanker utilizing LNG gas as its major gas, efficiently accomplished a industrial voyage alongside the Northern Sea Route (NSR) to ship a cargo of petroleum merchandise from the Republic of Korea to Northern Europe.
The high-latitude voyage from Cape Dezhnev at Chukotka to Cape Zhelaniya of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago took the Arc4 vessel 7.eight days to finish, throughout which the tanker coated a distance of 2194 nautical miles.
During the voyage, the crew efficiently examined the operation of the ship engines and controls of the gas techniques utilizing LNG, in addition to the operation of navigation tools and equipment in ice circumstances and sub-zero temperatures.
The profitable voyage has confirmed the vessel’s excessive manoeuvrability and icebreaking capabilities, in addition to being a extremely protected, environmentally pleasant and environment friendly vessel.
The tanker travelled virtually your complete NSR with none icebreaker escort, having coated some 950 nautical miles in ice circumstances. She was escorted by Atomflot’s nuclear-powered icebreaker Taimyr solely when traversing essentially the most navigationally and hydrographically difficult space of the Ayon ice massif within the East Siberian Sea.
The tanker’s Master was Dmitry Belozerov, a captain with in depth high-latitude navigation expertise. In 2010, Dmitry Belozerov served as Chief Officer on Sovcomflot’s tanker SCF Baltica – the first-ever large-capacity vessel to finish a transit voyage alongside the NSR. The outcomes obtained throughout that experimental voyage offered the muse for growing marine transportation options for main industrial tasks within the Arctic, corresponding to Yamal LNG and Novy Port.
During the voyage, the crew was bolstered with the addition of a second Master/ice advisor, whose in depth expertise was very useful each throughout the preparations for and all through the voyage itself.
(Source and picture: Sovcomflot/Lomonosov Prospect on the Northern Sea Route)
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