2/ Feb 19, 2021:
"It is the first time that a commercial vessel sails across the Northern Sea Route in February. The voyage of the Christophe de Margerie from Jiangsu🇨🇳 in China to the remote Arctic terminal of Sabetta🇷🇺... (con't) @DemopJ
3/ ...was made in the Arctic winter dark & through thick sea-ice. Glimpses of the voyage are now put on display by shipping company Sovcomflot🇷🇺 and its partner Rosatom🇷🇺. As previously reported by the Barents Observer, the 299 meter long LNG carrier operated by Sovcomflot🇷🇺...
4/ ...on the 27th January set out from the Chinese🇨🇳 port and few days later sailed through the Bering Strait were it soon team up with nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy."
“'The current voyage of Christophe de Margerie significantly expands the navigation window... (con't)
5/ ...in the in the eastern sector of the Russian Arctic, and confirms that year-round safe navigation is possible along the entire length of the Northern Sea Route,' says company President and CEO Igor Tonkovidov🇷🇺.
The voyage proceeded through thick ice. (con't)
6/ ...The straits between the mainland & archipelagos Severnaya Zemlya & New Siberian Islands are covered by thick fast ice, while the remaining part of the area has one-year old sea-ice that is between 30-200 cm thick. However, there is no multi-year old ice in the area. (con't)
7/ ...According to Sergey Gen, the captain of the Christophe de Margerie, the ice conditions were the toughest in the Chukchi Sea & the East Siberian Sea, faced by the vessel were ice pressure & ice hummocks in the vessel faced severe ice pressure and ice hummocks." #LNGtoEU /end

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