On 2 September 2019, Korolev Prospect, Sovcomflot’s LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker, successfully carried out a commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is the first time that a large-capacity oil tanker has crossed the full length of the NSR using only LNG.
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The 15 LNG tankers that will transport LNG from Arctic LNG 2 project will come at a cost of more than 300 bn rubles ($4.5 bn). That was the discussion topic during a session of the Russian state-owned VEB.RF Bank Supervisory Board.
On 26 August, the LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker ‘Korolev Prospect’, owned by Russian Sovcomflot, began a transit of the Northern Sea Route. The ship will become the first such large-capacity crude oil tanker to travel the entire length of the Northern Sea Route using only LNG fuel.
CMA CGM ships will not sail through the Northern Sea Route, an area with a unique and largely unexplored biodiversity, the CEO of the French shipping group, Rodolphe Saadé, announced last week ahead of the G7 meeting underway in Biarritz.
Polaris, as being the newest addition to Finland’s fleet, is the first icebreaker that runs on LNG, a lower-carbon alternative to the diesel fuel which powers most large ships. The icebreaker is keeping shipping lanes open for about six months, enabling the voyage of cargo ships that carry steel, paper products and chemicals in and out of the ports serving northern Finland and neighbouring Sweden.
Russian shipping company Sovcomflot announced that its large-capacity LNG-fueled LNG tanker ‘Lomonosov Prospect’ successfully completed a commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route on 30 October 2018, delivering a cargo of petroleum products from the Republic of Korea to Northern Europe.
MOL announced that on 11 September, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, which was jointly ordered by MOL and COSCO, took place at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The newbuild vessel was named “Vladimir Vize” and is the sister vessel of the “Vladimir Rusanov”.
Teekay announced that it received its first LNG Carrier Newbuild, ‘Eduard Toll’, which is the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers being built for the Yamal LNG project. The vessel was technically accepted in Korea at the beginning of December 2017 after successfully completing sea trials and departing for its journey to Northern Russia.
Arctia’s LNG-fueled icebreaker ‘Polaris’ departed the icebreaker base in Helsinki on 30 January 2018, as the Finnish icebreaking season’s third icebreaker. The vessel will first head to Pori Tahkoluoto to refuel LNG and then to provide maritime transport to the Bothnian Bay in the Baltic Sea.
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