Top Russian owner Sovcomflot has called for the Russian government to continue its drive to improve navigational safety measures on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and for a ban on substandard ships and crews sailing in the environmentally sensitive region. The move follows significant shipping traffic growth along the NSR and further projected growth.
Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Sergey Frank, Sovcomflot’s president and CEO earlier this week with the owner stressing the necessity of taking additional measures to ensure navigation safety along the NSR given the significant growth of freight traffic in that area.
In 2018, just the two energy projects in the Gulf of Ob (Novy Port and Yamal LNG), both served by Sovcomflot vessels, are expected to generate around 11.5m tonnes of freight alone, almost doubling the Soviet-era NSR peak record of 6.6m tonnes in 1987.
Sovcomflot has also hinted at ordering a series of ice class tankers on home soil in the coming months.