Icebreaking LNG Carrier Christophe de Margerie Sets New Northern Sea Route Record

The icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie has set a new record for the fastest crossing of the Northern Sea Route for an unescorted ship during the month of July, according to its owner. The vessel, which is owned and operated by Russian shipping firm Sovcomflot, set the new record while transporting a cargo of liquefied natural gas eastward through the NSR from the … [Read more...]

Russian Firms Agree to Develop Arctic Shipping in Northern Sea Route

Russian independent gas producer NOVATEK and state-owned maritime shipping company Sovcomflot have agreed to a strategic partnership to develop maritime shipping support for Novatek's Arctic gas projects including Yamal LNG and the Arctic LNG-2 project.  Under a strategic partnership agreement signed this week, the two Russian companies will develop efficient logistical … [Read more...]

Icebreaking LNG Carrier Completes Unescorted Journey Through Northern Sea Route in Just 6 Days, 12 Hours

A Russian icebreaking LNG carrier has become the first commercial vessel to travel the full length of the Northern Sea Route without an icebreaker escort. The Sovcomflot-owned Christophe de Margerie completed the journey from Norway to South Korea via the NSR on August 17, 2017 in just 19 days, about 30 percent faster than the regular route through the Suez … [Read more...]

Ice-Class LNG Carrier ‘Christophe de Margerie’ Starts Maiden Voyage Through Northern Sea Route

The ice-class LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie has entered the Arctic's Kara Sea marking the official start of its maiden voyage through the Northern Sea Route as part of its unescorted voyage from Norway to South Korea, the Yamal LNG project said Tuesday. Delivered last November by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering, Christophe de Margerie is the first … [Read more...]