Two heavy lift carriers loaded with LNG plant modules start 6,000 km midwinter odyssey towards Murmansk
It is far from the first midwinter Arctic voyage of the two 206 meter long ice-protected carriers.
But it is probably the first time that the two carriers sail together in the same convoy.
The heavy lift vessels have become crucial for Russian natural gas company Novatek and its development of the Arctic LNG 2 project. The Pugnax and Audax are owned by two private companies in the BVI and are operated by Red Box Energy Logistics Pte. Ltd., a Singapore company.
The ships have brought a significant number of modules needed for the construction of the project’s so-called gravity-based structures. The Arctic LNG 2 includes three structures, each comprised by 14 modules. The first of the structures was towed to the project production site in the Ob Bay in August last year and is due to start production in early 2024.
Construction works at Novatek’s construction center in Belokamenka outside Murmansk continue although the Arctic LNG 2 project in November 2023 was added to the U.S sanctions list against Russia.
Both ships set out from the Chinese port of Penglai on the 6th of January. They are expected to make it to Belokamenka on the 17th of February. They are escorted by nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika, data from the Northern Sea Route General Administration show.
Both ships are designed by Aker Arctic, the Finnish company specializing in of ice-going vessels.
Notice to readers: This article originally wrote that the Pugnax and Audax are owned by company Red Box and that it is a Dutch company. The correct is that the vessels are owned by two private companies in the BVI and that they are operated by Red Box Energy Logistics Pte. Ltd., a Singapore company.