Russian Novatek-led Yamal LNG project has sent two Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers destined to China via the Northern Sea Route in just nine days with no icebreaking support, marking the start of regular LNG shipments without an icebreaking escort, Novatek said Friday. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now The Vladimir Rusanov tanker passed the NSR and arrived at the Bering Strait, while the Eduard Toll vessel entered open water in the Chukchi Sea, Novatek said. Both tankers were dispatched from the port of Sabetta on the Kara Sea — from the first 5.5 million mt/year train of the Yamal LNG project launched late 2017 — and are now heading towards the Chinese port of Jiangsu Rudong, it said in a statement. “The ice-covered part of the route was passed in only nine days with no icebreaking support, thus confirming the outstanding […]