World first icebreaking LNG tanker crosses northern sea route

Christophe de Margerie, world first icebreaking LNG tanker carries gas from the Hammerfest terminal (Norway) to South Korea. The route runs across the northern sea route.

French Total, which owns 18.4% share of Hammerfest terminal, announced this passage flagship, informs LNG World News.

Christophe de Margerie is the first trade carrier not accompanied by the ice-breaker. The carrier will sail to South-Eastern Asia through the Bering Strait in 15 days. Just compare – the route from Norway to South Korea through Suez Canal takes 30 days.

Let us remind, that the world first LNG icebreaking tanker is named after Cristophe de Margerie, Total Executive Director, who died tragically in a plane crash in Moscow in 2014. The vessel was built at Daewoo Shipbuilding Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.

The vessel, which features a lightweight steel reinforced hull, is the largest commercial ship to receive Arc7 certification, which means its capable of travelling through ice up to 2.1m thick. LNG carrier with tank storage of 172k sq m can be used at temperature below 52 C.

The carrier will serve for Yamal LNG project, providing for the exploration of Yuzhno-Tambeyskoye gas field and the construction of a plant with the capacity of 16.5m tonnes of liquefied gas annually.

The first out of 3 existing production trains will be commissioned this year. The shareholders of the company are Novatek, Russia’s major gas producer (60%), Total and Chinese state company CNPC (20% each).


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