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Voyage Across The Arctic

By November 27, 2012

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Arctic voyage The vessel Ob River will be the first of its kind to travel across the Arctic carrying its load of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel left Norway and is sailing north via Russia and then to Japan. By traveling across the Arctic, the trip is at least twenty days shorter. The Ob River has a strengthened hull and can carry up to 150,000 cubic meters of LNG. The Ob River is currently in the Barents Sea and is being shadowed by a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.

The trip via the Arctic has been made possible because of the increased ice melt, although there are significant hazards to shipping. The reduction of twenty days on the trip can mean a saving of 40 percent fuel, reducing costs and environmental pollution.

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November 28, 2012 at 5:14 am
(1) Owen Coulder says:

Totally awesome that you can track the movement of the tanker as it travels across the Arctic. Thanks for an interesting topic.

November 29, 2012 at 11:16 am
(2) Will Coop says:

I think this is one of the next revolutionary developments supply chain going forward. Both the northwest and northeast passages would cut shipping times dramatically. Though most people do not recognize this because some of the routes appear longer, given the curvature of the earth these routes are much shorter. For example, Canadian grains from the plains of central Canada can go via ship from Hudson bay to other hungry markets in Asia. If you combine potential rail network optimizations the real benefit occurs. If ships can leave from the US and Canada and dock in Murmansk, Russia and then transfer their goods to trains which could go straight to Western China or the reverse, the trip is much shorter. Manufacturing in Western China could boom as goods would not need to go all the way to the eastern part to be exported.

December 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(3) Terry Hall says:

This is awesome!! Another route and saving fuel and time. This will help the carbon footprint as well.

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