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Japanese bulk carrier sets record on Northern Sea Route

The Northern Sea Route will see its third record in less than a month The Northern Sea Route will see its third record in less than a month when the largest ever bulk carrier to take the route leaves Murmansk next week. It is also the first time a Japanese shipping company sends a vessel through the Northeast Passage.Only a week after the largest tanker to sail through the Northeast Passage left Murmansk for Southeast Asia, the 75 600 dwt bulk carrier "Sanko Odyssey" is ready to make the same voyage, loaded with 72 000 tons of iron ore bound for China.The vessel is currently loading the iron ore - produced at Kovdor mining company on the Kola Peninsula - in Murmansk Port and is bound for departure in the end of August."Sanko Odyssey" is owned by the Japanese shipping company Sanko Line, and this is the first time a Japanese shipping company uses the Northern Sea Route, Vladimir Arutyunyan in Rosatomflot said to RIA Novosti. The vessel will be escorted by at least one nuclear-powered icebreaker through the passage.Earlier this summer, a speed record was set on the Northern Sea Route when the Panamax-class tanker "STI Heritage" loaded with ...

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Arctic shipping routes open as polar ice-cover shrinks

Satellite measurements confirme another year of below-average ice cover Satellite measurements have confirmed another year of below-average ice cover in the Arctic resulting in two major shipping routes have opened in the Arctic Ocean.In 2008 satellites saw that the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open simultaneously for the first time since satellite measurements began in the 1970s - and now it has happened again.While the Northern Sea Route above Russia (also known as the Northeast Passage) has been open to shipping traffic since mid-August, recent satellite data show that the most direct course in the Northwest Passage now appears to be navigable as well.Located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the Northwest Passage can be a short cut for shipping between Europe and Asia - but with the opening of the sea route comes the potential for both sovereignty claims and marine species migration across the Arctic Ocean.In 2007, Arctic sea ice hit a record low since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years before. That same year, the historically impassable Northwest Passage opened for the first time.Unusual weather contributed to 2007's record ice loss: skies opened over the central Arctic Ocean and wind patterns pushed warm air into ...

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Suezmax tanker Vladimir Tikhonov starts her Arctic voyage along the Northern Sea Route

For the first time such a large Suezmax tanker is navigating along this route On 20 August 2011 the tanker Vladimir Tikhonov, owned by SCF Group (Sovcomflot), started her Arctic voyage from Murmansk along the seaways of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).The voyage marks the first time in the history of the NSR that such a large Suezmax tanker (more than 160,000 dwt, enhanced ice class 1A (Arc 4)) is navigating along this route.The tanker is laden with more than 120,000 tonnes of gas condensate, belonging to the Charterer Novatek. The cargo of hydrocarbons will be delivered from the port of Murmansk to a port of discharge in one of the countries of South-East Asia. The estimated length of the voyage is less than a month. The preparation for the voyage was undertaken in coordination with Novatek.SCF Group continues the series of Arctic voyages from the Atlantic to the Pacific along the Northern Sea Route. In August 2010 the Aframax tanker SCF Baltica, of more than 100,000 tonnesdwt, followed the same route and became the largest ship in history to navigate along the NSR.The present voyage is aimed at studying the potential for transporting the largest possible consignment of gas ...

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Thawing Arctic opens up new shipping routes

An increasing amount of seaborne traffic is beginning to move on the Northern Sea Route Cold is the new hot in shipping circles as melting sea ice opens up prospects for trade between China and the west to move across the roof of the world.An increasing amount of seaborne traffic is beginning to move on the so-called Northern Sea Route which traverses the Siberian coast. There are also hopes of opening up more of the North West Passage above Canada.The attraction of the voyage is that it is one-third of the distance of more traditional routes through the Suez Canal. This means less carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions and less fuel. It also means less pirates.Attacks on ships off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden have become so severe that some owners are already using longer sea routes around South Africa to avoid conflict.Christian Bonfils, the managing director of Nordic Barents operator Nordic Bulk Carriers, claims it will save him $180,000 in fuel costs. New Arctic voyages are starting all the time. Russian oil company, Novatek is currently carrying a trial shipment of 60,000 tonnes of oil products to China via northern Siberia on the vessel, Perseverance.Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest ...

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The sailing season along the Northern Sea Route has started earlier than ever

Several ice-classed tankers are waiting in Kola Bay for the sailing season to begin Last week, the Transpetrol-controlled Panamax Perseverance sailed from Murmansk for China laden with 70,000 tonnes of condensate. She was escorted by the Russian nuclear powered icebreaker Yamal.The sailing season along the Northern Sea Route has started earlier than ever, as the Arctic Sea ice heads for another major melting, reported the newspaper Barents Observer.The tanker was chartered by the Russian oil company Novatek, according to Petroarctic, a network of suppliers for petroleum projects in the north.Perseverance is an ice-class 1A tanker and is expected to be in China around 20th July, which is almost half the time the vessel would have spent from Murmansk to China if sailing via the Suez Canal.Several other ice-classed tankers are waiting in Kola Bay for the sailing season to begin. For example, Novatek plans to ship 110.000 tonnes of condensate along the north coast of Siberia on the Sovcomflot Suezmax Vladimir Tikhonov later this summer.In total, Russias nuclear powered icebreaker fleet will reportedly escort some 15 larger bulkers and tankers along the Northern Sea Route this year, according to the local newspaper.Source: Tanker Operator

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