GAC Russia seals Yamal LNG ship agency deal
 
02/12/2018
 

Yamal LNG, one of the world’s largest and most complex LNG projects, has appointed GAC Russia to manage its fleet of ice-breaker tankers at Sabetta port for the next three years. Under the agreement, GAC Russia will handle an estimated 400 port calls every year; 200 in Sabetta and an additional 200 globally.

News of the appointment comes after GAC’s successful in-port support since 2015 and the management of last spring’s ice trials for the Christophe De Margerie, a new breed of tanker able to transport LNG unaided year-round.

Sabetta presents a challenge to conventional LNG transportation, as the sea is frozen for up to nine months of the year and temperatures can drop as low as -50C. The 300m Christophe De Margerie has a capacity of 172,600cbm capacity and is equipped to operate without the assistance of ice breakers – even in extreme conditions when the ice is more than 2 metres thick - to ensure that

Yamal LNG continues exports to European and Asian destinations. Over the coming two years, a fleet of 15 LNG ice-breakers will gradually be commissioned.

GAC Russia will apply its expertise to every aspect of in-port activities at Sabetta, from permits to operate in Russian waters and sourcing boarding engineers and scientists for the trials, to route coordination with the Russian Coast Guard Service and advice on Arctic navigation.

 

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