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Christophe de Margerie LNG tanker begins first voyage through NSR

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Yamal LNG has announced that the first Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker, Christophe de Margerie, has entered the Kara Sea, and commenced its first LNG cargo journey through the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

The subleased vessel will travel through the route without the help of escorting icebreakers, and will deliver LNG from Norway to South Korea in the space of 15 days.

Yamal LNG claims that the use of the NSR from Europe to Eastern and Southeastern Asia cuts the transportation time to market in half compared to the use of the traditional route.

The company added that the commencement of LNG shipments though the NSR with the Arc7 ice-class tanker will help to increase cargo turnovers and develop navigation in the Arctic Ocean. Presently, navigation routes for high tonnage vessels through the NSR have already been used and tested, ensuring both security and efficiency of navigation.

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