PAO NOVATEK’s Arc7 LNGC ‘Vladimir Rusanov’ completed a record Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage from Sabetta to Tianjin in a laden condition.
‘Vladimir Rusanov’ transited the ice-covered part of the route in only six days, setting a new record for independent passage via the NSR without icebreaking support with a cargo on board.
The net voyage time from Sabetta to Tianjin was completed in another record of 16 days, which is less than half the time required to transport a cargo of LNG along the traditional westbound route via the Suez Canal and Strait of Malacca, NOVATEK claimed.
"For the second year in a row, our Arc7 Ice Class LNG tankers were once again the first ships to open the summer navigation period via the Northern Sea Route,” said First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Lev Feodosyev. “This voyage set a number of records for the passage time of the ice part of the NSR, and for the total voyage time to China from the Russian Arctic region.
“These achievements were made possible, due to the accumulated ice navigation experience and the outstanding ice performance characteristics of LNG tanker fleet designed specifically for our Yamal LNG project. We will continue to optimise our logistical model to ensure competitive LNG supplies to key global consuming markets,” he said.