Russia’s Novatek introduced that the Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie of Sovcomflot efficiently transited the Eastbound ice-covered a part of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and reached the Bering Strait in solely 12 days. The voyage throughout the NSR to the Bering Strait was 2,563 nautical miles lengthy.
The voyage came about earlier than the standard begin of the summer time navigation season in common ice situations, with the utmost ice thickness on the route reaching 1.three meters. Eastbound transportation of LNG alongside the NSR just isn’t usually carried out in May as this represents probably the most troublesome months for navigation.
The Christophe de Margerie left the port of Sabetta on 18 May 2020, handed the Ob Bay and part of the Kara Sea with out ice-breaker help after which met with Atomflot’s nuclear icebreaker Yamal (a part of State Corporation ROSATOM), which escorted the tanker with ice navigation on the ?astern a part of the NSR. The tanker will ship an LNG cargo produced at Yamal LNG to China.
“This distinctive tanker voyage is the results of Novatek’s detailed logistics options, distinctive ice efficiency of our Arctic LNG tanker fleet and the coordinated work of the complete staff. We are grateful to the crews of the “Christophe de Margerie” LNG tanker and the “Yamal” nuclear icebreaker, who each demonstrated excessive professionalism in harsh Arctic situations, representing one of the best traditions of the Russian faculty of navigation,” famous Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board. “We are actively working to develop the eastbound navigation season for the NSR and looking out ahead to additional growth of State help for this commerce route by rising icebreaking capabilities in addition to full-scale navigation and hydrographic help for delivery. This help permits us to considerably contribute to the annual cargo turnover alongside the Northern Sea Route by implementing our large-scale LNG initiatives to provide as much as 70 million tons by 2030”.
(Source and picture: Novatek)
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