Beluga Group has announced that two of its multipurpose heavy lift project carriers, M/V Beluga Fraternity and M/V Beluga Foresight, have successfully transitted the Northeast Passage. Both vessels reached their destination in Siberia safely on Monday, September 7, after travelling from Ulsan, South Korea in late July. Now the German-owned ships are poised to complete their journey to Rotterdam with 3,500 tons of construction parts. President and CEO of Beluga Shipping GmbH, Niels Stolberg, had this to say:
“We are all very proud and delighted to be the first western shipping company which has successfully transited the legendary Northeast-Passage and delivered the sensitive cargo safely through this extraordinarily demanding sea area. To transit the Northeast-Passage so well and professionally without incidents on the premiere is the result of our extremely accurate preparation as well as the outstanding team work between our attentive captains, our reliable meteorologists and our engaged crew.”
Both vessels had to be escorted by two Russian icebreakers, “50 let Pobedy” and “Rossia”, during portions of their journey which included the East Siberian Sea, the Sannikov Strait and the Vilkizki Strait.
After the successful premiere, Beluga Shipping announced further project journeys through the Northeast-Passage for 2010.
More on this can be found at the Beluga Group website HERE.