FESCO to start summer navigation in the eastern sector of the Arctic Region
FESCO says its «Admiral Makarov» icebreaker from July to November 2016 will provide pilotage of vessels with containers, general and national economic cargo to the ports and port-points of Chukotka and the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the eastern sector of the Arctic Region. FESCO carries out this project at the request of the Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency of the Russian Federation.
On July 8, 2016 the icebreaker (under the command of Captain Alexander Stelmakh) left the home port of Vladivostok. «Admiral Makarov» will start piloting the vessels in the waters of the NSR on July 16, 2016, by approaching to Cape Dezhnev. FESCOice-class cargo vessels (with ice class Arc 4 and above) also took part in this Arctic summer season transportation.
Since 1956 FESCO icebreakers have been regularly providing ships navigation in the Arctic along the Northern Sea Route. Since 2004 FESCO has been carrying out pilotage of vessels at the request of the Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency of the Russian Federation. FESCO icebreaker «Krasin» participated in the Summer Arctic navigation-2015 and provided pilotage of 32 vessels which transported 114 000 tons of cargo to the ports of NSR and taken out 87 000 tons to another points.
FESCO is one of the leading privately-owned transportation and logistics companies in Russia with operations in ports, rail, integrated logistics and shipping business. Diversified but integrated asset portfolio enables FESCO to provide D2D logistics solutions and control almost all steps of the intermodal transportation value chain. The majority of FESCO’s operations are located in the Russian Far East and the Group benefits from growing trade volumes between Russia and Asian countries. FESCO controls the Commercial Port of Vladivostok. FESCO is one of Russia’s top 10 private railcar operators providing services under the brands Transgarant (100%) and Russkaya Troika (50% JV with Russian Railways). FESCO owns and operates a fleet of 22 cargo ships and four icebreakers (in long-term time-charter).