Recently the gas tanker, Ob River, left Norway and travelled north of Russia en route to Japan. The Ob River is carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will be the first vessel of its kind to make this Arctic journey. Melting ice conditions in the region are opening up the Northeast Passage for commercial shipping, saving 40% of the distance of traditional routes.
Built in 2007 with a strengthened hull, the Ob River can carry up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas. The tanker was loaded with LNG at Hammerfest in the north of Norway on November 7th and set sail across the Barents Sea. It has been accompanied by a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker, the 50 Let Pobody, for much of its voyage.
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exactAIS® tracking shows the icebreaker (50 Let Pobody) in red and the track voyage of the Ob River in blue. The 50 Let Pobody turned back on November 14 as the Ob River continued through to Japan on its own.
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