Tankship NSR Passage: All Alone Without the Icebreaker ...

MarineLink.com
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Stella Polaris: Photo credit Stena

Stena Bulk’s tanker 'Stena Polaris', with a cargo of 44,000 tons of naphtha, is sailing from the Gulf of Finland via the North-East Passage to South Korea. The 'Stena Polaris' left Russian Ust Luga in the Gulf of Finland on 17 September 2013, and is expected to arrive at the port of Yosu in South Korea on 18 October. The voyage is a joint project between Stena Bulk and South Korean Hyundai Glovis. An excerpt from the latest ship's blog follows:

All alone on the Laptev Sea without the icebreaker
IcebreakerTaymyr is leading the way. However there is no more ice, only open water. So there is not really any need for the 36.8 MW nuclear icebreaker to escort us and the Boris Vilkicky any longer. Late last night Taymyr called us on the radio and asked if we had any claims on her assistance. As she had led the way and broken the ice in an noble way we could reply nothing else than “no”. Ok, so now you are on your own, she replied and made a swift U-turn and shortly after disappeared in the dark night like a ghost ship. We had expected her to escort us until this morning but the ice conditions lightened and the sea opened up so that suddenly changed. She is now heading back to Mattisen Strait to lead the next convoy through the ice.

We are heading towards the New Siberian Islands where we will meet her sister Vaygach for our next transit through ice. The latest information is that we again have to drop anchor before the ice limit and await assistance as the icebreaker is occupied with another convoy. As it looks now we will have to wait at the anchorage for at least two days, but maybe just like last time this will change quickly. Otherwise we will make another attempt to catch some of that frozen fish for dinner…

According to the ice advisor the ice will be much heavier during the next transit and it will be solid all the way over the East Siberian Sea and through Long Strait which is considered to be the most complicated part of the Northern Sea Route. The temperature is always below zero degrees Celsius here so there will be more of the old ice which is the harder and stronger type of ice and the type of ice you want to avoid. But we are not worried onboard, only excited. We have great expectations for the last icebreaker assisted part of our voyage. Both for what we are about to see and what we will experience. Hopefully we get to see some wildlife, but also we will experience some truly Arctic ice conditions. Don’t get me wrong, the voyage so far has been quite harsh and cold but from what we hear it will be nothing compared to what we have ahead of us…

 Ongoing reports are available at:http://www.stenanorthernsearoute.com 

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Evergreen Upgrades its Intra-Asia Service Network

Evergreen Line announced it will partner with Mariana Express in launching a joint South China- East Malaysia (SEM) Service. The new initiative will give a boost

Bureau Veritas Diversifies with MatthewsDaniel Acquisition

Bureau Veritas announced today that it has acquired MatthewsDaniel Ltd, a global provider of loss adjusting and risk assessment services for the offshore industry.

Fogal Retires from Zentech After 57 Years in O&G

Robert “Bob” “Sonny” Fogal, Jr., one of the icons in the offshore oil and gas industry, has decided to retire from front-line work as Zentech’s Director of Business Development.

Tanker Trends

Algeria in Talks to Export Crude to Venezuela

Algeria is in talks to export crude oil to fellow OPEC member Venezuela, Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi said on Tuesday, confirming a Reuters report. Last week,

Joe Barton: Lift Oil Export Ban

A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with

Russia's Shipping Major Reports Strong 1H 2014

OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), Russia’s largest shipping company and a global leader in seaborne energy transportation and offshore services, has announced its financial

Navigation

VIKING Saatsea Puts Crew Training in its Place

VIKING Saatsea will be at SMM 2014 to showcase the revolution it has brought about in crew training – moving everything on board to cut costs, speed up certification,

BCG Releases PCVM Emulation

Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. announced the addition of another emulation product to its family of Radar Simulators. BCG has completed an emulation of the VisionMaster FT radar – our PCVM.

Crippled Pine Galaxy Arrives in San Francisco

The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy arrived in San Francisco for repairs Wednesday. Commercial tugs towed the ship safety into the Port of San Francisco

Arctic Operations

Polar Code Afoot

The IMO is on the verge of adopting the Polar Code, something that is important and long overdue. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations,

Too Eager to Drill for Arctic Oil - Greenpeace

Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, is still on station in the Arctic to expose renewed Norwegian efforts to drill for oil in this pristine environment. Last

Rosneft Restores Meteorological Observations System in Kara Sea

As part of a large-scale summer Arctic research expedition "Kara-Summer - 2014" a meteorological station was installed that meets the latest modern requirements for such equipment,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2019 sec (5 req/sec)