• 2017 January 10 16:02

    Russian ships performed a unique transit voyage along the Northern Sea Route (map)

    For the first time in the history of Arctic navigation a convoy of ships escorted by FSUE Atomflot’s nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy successfully completed a voyage along the Northern Sea Route. The westward voyage lasted from late December till the beginning of January. Among the ships in the convoy was the Shturman Ovtsyn, Arctic shuttle tanker of Sovcomflot, the Company told IAA PortNews.  Apart from the Shturman Ovtsyn the convoy included the Audax and the Arktika-1.

    The tanker joined the convoy in the Bering Strait on 21 December 2016 and covered 2,400 nautical miles up to the Gulf of Ob in the Kara Sea. Then, on January 3 the Shturman Ovtsyn sailed independently to the Kamenny Cape in the Gulf of Ob, for loading.

    The voyage of the convoy by the Northern Sea Route was performed in the dead of the polar night in quite challenging ice conditions. In the East Siberian Sea the convoy had to sail through heavy to break first-year ice breccia with inclusions of multi-year ice ridges of up to 4 points and under ice pressure of up to 3 points.

    Sovcomflot emphasized that “thanks to qualification and high professionalism of Russian seafarers none of the inevitable challenges of a voyage in a convoy of diverse vessels, nor polar night or ice pressure could hinder the ships from completing their voyage successfully with the assistance of Atomflot’s nuclear-powered icebreaker.

    Shturman Ovtsyn is one of Arctic shuttle tankers in a series ordered by Sovcomflot Group under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft. They are designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula (YNAD) to the port of Murmansk all year-round. The vessels are registered under the flag of the Russian Federation and are homeported in Saint-Petersburg.

    Each tanker has deadweight of approximately 42,000 tonnes (Shturman Ovtsyn: 41,550.8 tonnes), length - 249 m, breadth– 34 m. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) assigned the vessels an ice class Arc7.The Shturman Albanov joined the fleet of SCF on 16 August 2016, the Shturman Malygin – on 7 October 2016, the Shturman Ovtsyn was put into operation on 8 December 2016. All the three tankers are currently deployed for delivering crude oil from the Vorota Arktiki (Arctic Gate) terminal near the Cape Kamenny to Murmansk.

    The vessels’ technical characteristics are unique. The design of the new vessels takes into account the specific features of the waters in the Gulf of Ob, where some areas are relatively shallow – about 10 metres deep – and which is covered with ice from October to July. They are capable of operating in the Arctic all year-round at temperatures down to –45°С. Their propulsion system consists of two Azipod thrusters with a total capacity of 22 MW, which provides a high ice-breaking capability and good manoeuvrability in sailing through ice drifts and heavy ice fields, particularly due to a DAT function (Double Acting Tanker). A double acting tanker sails in the astern direction when it comes to ice breaking. The design of the vessels complies with the highest safety standards of navigation, which is a basic principle of SCF Group.

    Photo report by Dmitry Lobusov, Captain of Atomflot’s nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy >>>>




2021 July 24

15:02 Union Pacific reports 2Q 2021 results
13:29 Major £10M project aims to unlock untapped potential of ocean renewable energy fuels
12:37 LR: Turning to technology to tackle container ship fires
11:14 Survitec enhances lifeboat inspection solution to deliver savings and flexibility for ship operators

2021 July 23

18:27 EBRD and Ukraine boost low-carbon hydrogen development
18:03 ROSATOM and GDK Baimskaya LLC sign agreement to jointly supply energy to Baimsky plant
17:58 Van Oord signs contract with the Spanish energy company Iberdrola for the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm
17:50 Chantiers de l’Atlantique completes installation of EGCS on three MSC Cruises vessels
17:41 ROSATOM and Aeon Corporation agree to Arctic shipping cooperation
17:32 RWE, Shell, Gasunie and Equinor sign a declaration of intent on the AquaSector project
17:18 Rosatom and DP World sign Cooperation Agreement
16:55 RosGeo eyes exploration of solid mineral deposits in the Persian Gulf
16:32 Learn the latest global LNG trends with LNGcon 2022
16:30 ROSATOM and Moscow State University’s Marine Research Centre sign cooperation agreement on environmental impact assessment in Arctic
16:07 Rosatom expects transit cargo flow along NSR to reach 20-30 million tonnes per year by 2030
15:39 ROSATOM and Nornickel sign supplementary agreement on icebreaker accompaniment
15:01 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg handled 4.1 million tonnes of cargo in H1’21, up 12% YoY
14:36 Recovery of investments in offshore geological exploration not expected by RosGeo before 2022
14:14 Wärtsilä to provide thrusters for two Chinese wind farm turbine installation vessels
13:40 RosGeo: Deposits in shallow waters and estuaries should be taken into account when developing Arctic resources
13:12 A deep sea mineral riser system reviewed by ABS in an industry first
12:48 Nornickel set to expand and upgrade Dudinka port
12:11 Maersk changes the logistics landscape in Bulgaria and launches intermodal weekly service connecting Burgas to Plovdiv and Sofia
12:09 Ningbo Containerized Freight Index rises in July 2021
11:43 Vietnamese Navy ships arrived in Vladivostok to participate in Russian Navy Day celebration
11:11 GTT receives orders for the tank design of two new LNG сarriers
11:07 Integrated drill of emergency response teams conducted at CPC Marine Terminal near Novorossiysk
10:45 Alexei Rakhmanov: USC saved nearly RUB 18 billion in 2021 through cost optimization
10:24 Baltic Dry Index as of July 22
10:06 Crude oil market sees downward price correction
09:48 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping supports the 4th International Conference “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet”
09:30 China ports container volume rises 15% in first half of 2021
09:27 Alexei Rakhmanov: USC is set to open up routes that do not depend on foreigners
09:09 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg handles high-speed train intended for Uzbekistan Railways
08:40 MABUX: Global bunker prices may continue firm upward trend on Jul.23.

2021 July 22

19:00 Northern Sea Route cargo traffic rose by 2.59% to 17,047,282 tonnes YTD
18:35 Equinor Brasil Energia awarded a contract to Floatel Victory
18:05 Solstad Offshore ASA announces new contract for the CSV Normand Jarstein to DeepOcean AS
17:55 Manila Harbor Center aids PH Coast Guard’s substation project
17:25 Suek AG supramax vessel Kumpula to sail through Northeast Passage
17:05 US FMC establishes Ocean Carriers Audit Program
16:25 Survitec enhances lifeboat inspection solution to deliver savings and flexibility for ship operators
16:05 RINA and SWS mark a new era in Cruise shipbuilding in China
15:27 Multipurpose Reloading Complex in Ust-Luga handled 2.24 million tonnes of coal in H1’21, up 4% YoY
15:22 DBS partners maritime players and MPA to complete Singapore’s first live bunker delivery financing pilot with digital bunker delivery note
15:11 Two new hybrid LNG-electric ships join to the Brittany Ferries fleet
15:05 Second batch of oversize equipment for Amur GCC reloaded in De-Kastri
14:42 CMA CGM to launch a new Indian Ocean feeder service
13:21 DCT Gdańsk Welcomes New CEO – Charles Baker
13:20 Port of Rotterdam posts H1 2021 results
12:58 Seven entities interested in investing in Port Gdański Eksploatacja
12:03 Shipping industry announces international decarbonisation conference at COP26
11:03 Boskalis awarded contract for deepening the approach channel to harbor of Harwich, UK
10:29 Transport Canada issues new Ballast Water Regulations
10:24 Rosmorport completes repair dredging at Vostochny seaport
09:53 Crude oil market sees downward price correction
09:36 IAA PortNews opens registration for 4th International Conference “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet”
09:22 Baltic Dry Index as of July 21
08:31 MABUX: Global bunker prices may continue firm upward evolution on Jul 22

2021 July 21

18:30 MSC Cruises restart its activity in the Port of València