Tanker sur le passage glacé du Nord-Est…

Sovcomflot vessel completes first leg of Northern Sea Route…

On the 25 August 2010, many international newspapers are indicating: « …Sovcomflot’s Aframax tanker SCF Baltica arrived at the port of Pevek in Northern Russia. This marked the end of the most challenging part of her voyage, from a navigational standpoint, from Murmansk to China. With an escort of nuclear-powered ice-breakers, the ship covered the 2,500 nautical miles between Murmansk and Pevek in 11 days. The vessel’s route took her through the Barents Sea (North of Cape Zhelaniya on Novaya Zemlya Island); the Vilkitsky Strait, which ended in the Taimyr ice field, then through the Sannikov Strait, the Laptev Sea and ice fields of the East-Siberian Sea.

The tanker and her cargo of 70,000 tonnes of gas condensate (owned by OAO NOVATEK) completed this stage of her voyage ahead of schedule. This underlines the real scope to reduce transit times for cargoes along the Northern Sea Route. The voyage also confirms the economic potential of the Northern Sea Route, for delivering hydrocarbons to the countries of Asia-Pacific Region… » 

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