The first cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Yamal LNG plant have now left Sabetta - Arctic Bulk having assisted with two of the maiden voyages in December.
Yamal LNG will produce reserves of 4.6 bboe in Northern Russia. At full capacity, the three-train facility will supply 16.5 million tons of LNG per year. LNG will be shipped all year round by a fleet of purposely designed ice-class LNG carriers traveling the Northern Sea Route to both western and eastern markets. The LNG project alone will result in a major growth in Arctic shipping.
Arctic Bulk assisted Dynagas with authorization and risk assessment for the maiden voyages of their LNG carriers Boris Vilkitsky and Fedor Litke from South Korea to Sabetta. From Sabetta the vessels proceeded west to Europe. The 85 000 dwt vessels built at Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering have a length of approx. 300 meters and width of 50 meters – pretty impressive vessels. The LNG carriers will be operated under long-term charter deals.
Not only were the voyages from Korea a “first” – these two vessels were the first to transit the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in winter without an ice-breaker escort. Thus confirming their “high ice class Arc7” feature to navigate independently through the ice. Two successful voyages and the start of a new era for the NSR and Arctic shipping.
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