The Russian pure fuel producer Novatek introduced that the Arc7 ice-class Arctic LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie chartered by the Yamal LNG undertaking efficiently accomplished an unbiased passage alongside the Eastbound a part of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) on the 16th January. The vessel reached the Bering Strait in 11 days with a mean secure velocity of 9.6 knots. The Christophe de Margerie was subsequently adopted by an analogous LNG tanker Nikolay Yevgenov, which is at present finishing its unbiased passage alongside the NSR. Both LNG tankers will ship roughly 140 thousand tons of LNG produced at Yamal LNG to locations within the Asia-Pacific Region. The complete time of cargo supply by this route is 40% shorter than the standard route via the Suez Canal.
Simultaneously, one other Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker Nikolay Zubov, touring in the wrong way to the port of Sabetta after offloading its LNG cargo, entered the Westbound ice route alongside the NSR on the sixth January and subsequently reached the Ob Bay on the 17th January.
All three of the Arc7 ice-class LNG tankers independently handed the ice-covered a part of the NSR, with out ice-breaker help, alongside the navigational routes advisable by the State Research Center “Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute” and Atomflot’s Marine Operations Headquarters.
The aforementioned voyages occurred in common ice circumstances, two months after the top of the standard navigation season within the Eastern a part of the Arctic, which normally ends in November.
Navigating the northern route is rarely with out threat. The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that the Nikolay Yevgenov broken one among its three azipods because it was crusing via the icy Arctic waters.
“These unbiased tanker voyages made in January considering the operational and technical capabilities of the Arc7 ice-class LNG tankers are the results of the focused work of the Company and its companions to increase the navigational season for LNG shipments from our Arctic initiatives alongside the Eastern route of the NSR. Expanding the navigational interval alongside the NSR by nearly half the gap and time of LNG transport to the ports of the Asia-Pacific area in comparison with the standard route via the Suez Canal permits us to cut back our carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions by seven thousand tons per spherical journey,” famous Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board. “The Government of the Russian Federation is taking all the required measures to create a secure and aggressive transport infrastructure within the Russian Arctic, guaranteeing year-round navigation alongside the NSR, together with within the Eastern a part of the NSR. For instance, our new fleet of ice-class LNG carriers, which shall be constructed on the Zvezda Shipyard in Russia, are designed with higher icebreaking traits”.
(Source: Novatek – Image: Christophe de Margerie crusing on the Northern Sea Route/ABB)
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