Rachael Gosnell

Christophe de Margerie at the dock in Yamal. Photo: Dimitriy Monakov

The Complexities of Arctic Maritime Traffic

By Rachael Gosnell 2018-01-30 19:34:48

In late August 2017, the Russian icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie made headlines in maritime traffic news for a record-setting transit of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The ship transited the 2,193 nautical mile NSR in just six days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It completed the entire journey from Hammerfest, Norway, to Boryeong, South Korea, in 19 days—nearly 30 percent faster than the traditional Suez Canal route. During the transit, the vessel averaged just over 14 knots, remarkable...

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