Ice still lies thick on the water as LNG carrier makes this year’s first voyage across Northern Sea Route

We are close to the 25th solar minimum and it looks like this one is going to be the coldest one in 200 years. Truly serious Arctic exploration has started in the later 19th century which means that we will see ice formation like never before in human memory. This does not augur well for any economic activity in this part of the world and will likely raise the cost of such operations to unbearable levels. Enjoy shipping in the Arctic while it lasts.

The ship left Sabetta, the LNG terminal in the Yamal Peninsula, on 29th of June and is expected to arrive in Okpo, Korea, on July 15th. On board is up to 70,000 tons of liquified natural gas.

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