On Saturday the Venta Maersk docked at Bremerhaven, completing the first voyage by a containership across the Northern Sea Route.
The 3,600 teu newbuild departed the port of Vladivostok on August 23, using ultra-low sulphur fuel for this trial voyage.
For Maersk, the trip was an exploratory one, looking to pick up scientific data to see whether the route can be more fully utilised as an alternative to the traditional Asia – Europe route via the Suez Canal.
Venta Maersk is the fourth of seven sister vessels and was delivered on July 11, 2018. This marked the ship’s maiden voyage towards northern Europe where it will be trading along with its already delivered sister ships deployed in Seago Line’s network.
Maersk’s new Baltic feeders are among the world’s largest ice-class vessels designed specifically to operate in cold waters, down to -25 degrees C, where ice-class is required to offer year-round operations.
The ship departed Bremerhaven yesterday for St Petersburg.