Northern Sea Route

National Geographic, Russia, 2017 – Unpublished. « Northern Sea Route »

North East Passage attracts people since 11th century by perspectives of discover of new lands, sources and short trade routes to east countries.

In 2016 cargo traffic amounted to 7,26 million tons overcoming its historical maximums in late eighties. Its growth is expected until 35 million tons in 2020.

The current infrastructure development of North East Passage (NEP) and Northern Sea Route (NSR) is provided by big hydrocarbon production projects, as well as the development of new deposits and the extraction of rare earth metals. It has also a big potential for a successful link of European and Asian markets.

Navigation in extreme climate conditions and challenging ice situations demands high crew qualification and modern technological equipment of ice-class vessel.

Environmental safety and high standards of safety navigation are the major priorities in the development of modern navigation in Arctic region.

Fedor Ushakov, a new multifunctional icebreaking standby vessel built in order for SCF Group is going along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) for its permanent operational base on the Sakhalin Island.The vessel covered Northern Sea Route route of 2,194 nautical miles (4,063 km) from Cape Zhelaniya (the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago) to Cape Dezhnev at Chukotka in November 2017 without any assistance of an icebreaker, despite challenging ice conditions along several route segments. It took 8 days 9 hours and 58 minutes, moving at an average speed of 10.9 knots (20.2 km/h) which tops the performance of many commercial vessels in ice-free open waters.