MARITIME | Sovcomflot tanker forges Arctic route

TANKER SCF Baltica has completed the most difficult part of its trial voyage along the Northern Sea Route from Murmansk to China, Sovcomflot has announced.

The 114,564 dwt ship was escorted by nuclear-powered icebreakers as it carried 70,000 tonnes of gas condensate along the Arctic route, Sovcomflot said in a statement.   The vessel arrived at the Russian port of Pevek yesterday after covering the 2,500 n-mile journey from Murmansk in 11 days.

Sovcomflot president and CEO Sergey Frank said: “The Arctic voyage of the tanker SCF Baltica has confirmed the possibility of operating large ice-class tankers along the NSR.   “Statistics collected during the voyage will form the foundation of a unique data base, which will allow the preparation of similar voyages for large vessels in future,” he added.



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