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Cosco-MOL ice-breaking LNG tanker transits Northern Sea Route


Sino-Japanese ice-breaking LNG carrier, the 96,844-dwt Vladimir Rusanov, has arrived in the Bering Strait, having carried out a loading operation in the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta port.
The vessel took on LNG in the Yamal LNG plant in the Siberian Port of Sabetta, before sailing for the Far East via the Northern Sea Route on June 25.
The Yamal Peninsula is located in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of northwest Siberia, Russia. It extends 700 kilometres and is bordered by the Kara Sea.
The Hong Kong-flagged vessel safely arrived at the Bering Strait on 6 July, and is planning to call Jiangsu Rudong port in China for an unloading operation of its LNG cargo.
The Vladimir Rusanov is jointly owned by MOL and China Cosco Shipping Corporation and is destined to continue servicing the Yamal LNG Project, as announced in July 2014.
Since the vessel started LNG transportation services in the end of March 2018, she has transported four LNG cargoes to Europe via transiting westwards, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
With the arrival of the summer transit season in the Arctic, the vessel had its first opportunity to navigate eastwards along the Northern Sea Route to East Asia via the Bering Strait without ice-breaker support.
This voyage also marks a first for the Yamal LNG Project's direct LNG delivery to East Asia.
The voyage sets a new benchmark in the transportation of natural resources from the Arctic via the shorter Northern Sea Route, giving further momentum of natural resource development in the Arctic.
This will be of considerable benefit to meet the growing energy needs of many natural resource importing Asian countries, including Japan and China, said the joint statement from the two companies.

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