Tuesday, February 23, 2021

North Road, Christophe de Margerie. A historic cruise through the Arctic Ocean


The 299-meter LNG vessel operated by the Russian company Sovcomflof set off from the Chinese port on January 27, a few days later it crossed the Bering Strait, where it was soon joined by the nuclear icebreaker “50 years of Pabieda”.

The two ships then sailed together along the vast Arctic route to the Yamal Peninsula. On February 19, a powerful LNG carrier called at the port of Sabetta. The ship’s owner has just shown photos from this trip.

The use and profitability of this route is of great importance for Russia’s relations with China. This route is shorter than the southern one, which is currently traveled by transport ships between the Far East and Europe and Russia.

The cruise took place on thick ice. The straits between the mainland and the Severnaya archipelagos and the Novosibirsk Islands are covered with thick, long-term ice, while the remaining area has one-year ice with a thickness of 30-200 cm.

According to Sergei Gen, the captain of the Christophe de Margerie, the most difficult ice conditions were in the Chukchi Sea and the East Siberian Sea, where the ship had to withstand heavy ice pressure and ice humps.

Source: thebarentsobserver.com



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