Oslo - Sabetta, the new Russian LNG terminal in the Yamal peninsula, is the destination of two ships that are breaking their way through the Northern Sea Route.
The «Boris Sokolov», a 214 meter long condensate tanker,set out from Nansha, China, on December the 11th. On the following day it was joined by the «Boris Davydov», a 299 meter long LNG carrier. They are now both on the list of vessels sailing on the Northern Sea Route as provided by the Northern Sea Route Administration (NSRA).
The voyage, reports the Barents Observer, is extreme. Sailing conditions in the area are highly complicated with thick ice. Data from the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Institute show that practically the whole East Siberian Sea is covered by up to two meter thick one-year ice as well as older more solid ice.
According to Reuters, the two ships are sailing without icebreaker assistance.