Successful Transit of the Northern Sea Route 16 August 2011
- The Northern Sea Route (NSR) connects the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via the Russian arctic coast. It is only open occasionally for international commercial shipping and is navigable with the assistance of ice breakers from mid-summer to mid-autumn. In addition to the considerable savings achieved in distance and fuel by using the NSR, vessels also avoid the Suez Canal tolls and the risks associated with piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean region._______________Successful Transit of the Northern Sea Route 16 August 2011Scorpio Ship Management s.a.m. Announces the Successful Transit of the Northern Sea Route by its Managed Vessel STI Heritage
Monaco- August 16, 2011- Scorpio Ship Management s.a.m. (SSM) today announced that its managed vessel, STI Heritage, has successfully completed a voyage from Vitino, Russia to Ta Phut, Thailand, via the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is the first such voyage for a vessel managed by SSM.
Vitino (Russian: Витино) is an oil port on the White Sea in Russia. It is located near the station Beloye More (Белое Море) a few kilometers south of Kandalaksha, Murmansk Oblast, on the western shore of Kandalaksha Gulf. The port started operations in 1995, and since 2001 has been operating year-round. Its principal activity is transfer of oil and oil products arriving by rail from Russia's oil refineries to sea-going oil tankers for export. In 2004, 3.7 million tons of oil and oil products has been handled by the port; its full capacity at the time was 8 mln ton a year. The port can handle seagoing tankers with displacement up to 40,000 tons.