Hellenic Shipping News
First LNG vessel to sail Russian Arctic Northern Sea Route arrives in France

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Ob River, the first LNG vessel to sail through the Russian Arctic Northern Sea Route, arrived at France's Montoir terminal Saturday, according to data from Bentek Energy Tuesday.

The Ob River, previously known as Clean Power, has capacity to carry 3.1 Bcf of gas equivalent, or 63,668 mt of LNG.

It is currently chartered by Russia's Gazprom Marketing & Trading group while being operated by Dynagas, Bentek said. Bentek Energy is a unit of Platts.

Gazprom in early October said the Ob River is the first LNG vessel to sail through the Russian Arctic Northern Sea Route. The ship discharged a Qatari LNG cargo at the Mizushima terminal in western Japan on September 26, and sailed to South Korea for bunker fuel September 29 before embarking on the Northern Sea route, Bentek added.