“Christophe de Margerie” Russian LNG tanker is the first commercial ship, which has completed its voyage through the Northern Sea Route without ice-routing services. The trip from Cape Zhelaniya in Novaya Zemlya archipelago to Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka lasted only six and half days.
The Northern Sea Route was just a part of the tanker’s first commercial voyage. According to RT news agency, the entire journey from Norway to South Korea took up 19 days. In some route segments the vessel was forced to go through 1.2 meters thick ice fields, provided it is designed to sail in ice of up to 2.1 meters thick.
“Christophe de Margerie” Russian LNG tanker was named after the perished CEO of Total company. It is the first vessel in a series of fifteen LNG ice-class tankers built for Yamal LNG project. The vessel is operated by Sovcomflot company.