“Green” tankers successfully went along the Northern Sea Route in the eastern direction
16:38 21 октября 2019
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Two large-capacity tankers of Sovcomflot “Mendeleev Prospect” and “Lomonosov Prospect” successfully completed transit along the Northern Sea Route in the eastern direction. The vessels went along the high-latitude route within commercial voyages to deliver crude oil from the port of Primorsk to China. Throughout the whole transit they used only environmentally friendly gas engine fuel (LNG).
The duration of the voyage of the ships from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnyov made for the tanker “Lomonosov Prospect” about 7.2 days, for the tanker “Mendeleev Prospect” — 7.3 days. The vessels overcame the distance 2095 and 2104 nautical miles, respectively; their average speed was 12 and 12.3 knots. This information was given to the news agency “Sever-Press” in the press service of “Sovcomflot”. Favorable ice conditions throughout the Northern Sea Route and proper planning of the way allowed the ships to go the entire distance without icebreaking support.
“It is gratifying to note that the demand for transit transportations of cargoes along the Northern Sea Route during the summer navigation remains. Use of LNG can significantly reduce the anthropogenic impact on the environment, what is especially important for operations of ships in the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic region”, said Igor Tonkovidov, CEO of “Sovcomflot”.
The captain of the tanker “Mendeleev Prospect” Mark Lyudnik reports that the transit voyage on the Northern Sea Route from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnyov took place in normal mode. Throughout the high-latitude route the tanker used only LNG fuel.
“During the voyage the tanker’s fuel systems, as well as other components and mechanisms, showed high reliability in operation. Separately, I would like to note the high level of training and qualification of the ship’s crew. We express our special gratitude to the employees of the coastal divisions of Sovcomflot group of companies, who provided the tanker’s crew with all the necessary information and navigation data to organize the safe voyage along the Northern Sea Route”, the captain said.
“Sovcomflot” consistently introduces cargo transportations by large-capacity tankers with use of environmentally cleaner gas engine fuel into practice of arctic navigation. In October 2018 the tanker of the “green” series “Lomonosov Prospect” went along the Northern Sea Route in the western direction, successfully testing operation of engines and control mechanisms of the vessel’s fuel systems with use of LNG fuel. In the summer season 2019 three large-capacity tankers of the company operating by LNG fuel fulfilled cargo transportations on the high-latitude route to the east, and one tanker of the “green” series went along the Northern Sea Route in the western direction.
The “green” series of large-capacity oil tankers of “Sovcomflot” consists of 6 vessels. “Gagarin Prospect” is the lead ship of the series. All the tankers were commissioned in 2018-2019. Five other analogous vessels are under construction.