South Korea pilots Northern Sea Route

credit: Stena Bulk

Yesterday the Stena Polaris, a 183m long P-MAX tanker with ice class 1A arrived in Yeosu, South Korea, with a cargo of 44,000 tons of naphtha. The journey started in Ust Luga, Russia in the Gulf of Finland mid September.

Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk sees "the voyage with the Stena Polaris as the beginning of a long and far-­reaching collaboration with Hyundai Glovis".

Also in the news: High North or High Tension?

Timelapse Ice Video from Murmansk to Dudinka Port

2 years old - still awesome. Enjoy this day and night trip from Murmansk to Dudinka Port via Barents Sea, White Sea, Pechora Sea, Kara Strait, Kara Sea, Yenisei Gulf, Yenisei River. All timelapses were photographed at temperatures from -30C to -50C, you can notice "boiling" water when icebreaker unseals ice armor.

Music -"Circle" from "Contact Note" by Jon Hopkins, 2004

More timelapse videos here.

More Consolidation: NSR, Shell, Seattle, Kulluk has more details on the first 2011 NSR Transit and states: Sovcomflot, a state-owned shipping line, has been earmarked to provide year-round Arctic shipping routes at the request of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. namely Alex DeMarban interviewed Brian Miller, Shell’s project development manager for Alaska, on a next generation oil platform ready for round year production in Beaufort Sea. Miller is convinced the rig will withstand ice drift and the vehemence of multi-year ice several meters thick. The one-legged 100,000 ton structure will cost some billion dollars.

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Northern Sea Route open for Transit

According to the Northern Passage has been successfully navigated first time this year. Two russian nuclear icebreakers supported Panamax class tanker Perseverance sailing through the sea ice to China.

The 73,000-ton Perseverance (width:32m/length:228m) loaded with gas condensate headed off from Murmansk on June 29. With an average speed of 11 knots in the Arctic Ocean the total time to reach China was reduced by about 50% compared to the traditional route through Suez canal.

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