Maersk boxship docks in Bremerhaven, completing Arctic voyage

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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