Transit shipping on the NSR in the first half of the season of 2013

For the past 2 months of the summer-autumn navigation in the year 2013, as of August 30, through the NSR waters passed20 transit vessels, 6 of them in ballast. Total transported about 450thousand tons of cargo.

The highest proportion is in theliquid cargoes, which corresponds to 65% of the total. Within this category there are several main components: the transportation of gas condensate belonging to the company Novatek from the port of Murmansk to Malaysia and South Korea,totally 120thousand tons. Delivery of diesel fuel from Murmansk to Pevek and Nakhodka. By 3 tankers of the JSC "Murmansk Shipping Company”was transported 47,5thousand tons. As well as 2 passages on the transportation of naphtha 36 thousand tons from Murmansk to Japan and 80 thousand tons from Norway to Japan.

On the second place - about 30% of the total volume are bulk cargoes of the companyEurochem. To the Chinese ports from Murmansk by the bulk carriers of the company Nordic Bulk Carriers were delivered 136thousand tons of iron ore concentrate.The share of the general cargo is less than 5%.

From west to east passed 12 vessels, from east to west 8. The majority of transit vessels are of ice class Arc4, only two ships have lower class-Ice 3. The nationalities of the vessels are as follows: 9 ships under the flag of Russia and 11 ships under the flags of 8 different countries.  The average speed of vessels during the passage through the NSR varies from 7-9 knots in July to 9-11 knots in August. Almost half of the transit of ships entered the NSR from the port of Murmansk. In comparison with the same period of the year 2012, the number of passes has increased from 17 to 20, while the number of the transported cargo has decreased by about 100thousand tons.

By the end of August in the NSR water area, on average, every day there were about 50-60 ships. The distribution of vessels in the waters is constantly changing, but in general it can be stated, that most of the fleet - up to 40 vessels out of 60 are located in the Kara Sea. These average figures confirm the statistics of the issued permits, most of which are given out forwork in the western part of the Kara Sea.

Recall that on August 30, 2013 by the Administration of the NSR have been issued 481 permits. It is noteworthy that more than 40% of the total number of permits issued to vessels without ice class. 

It should be pointed out,however, that some ships have receivedseveral permits applying for permissions for various time periods of navigation. In terms of national composition, 80% of ships have the Russian flag.  

Sergey Balmasov, NSR Information Office

CHNL IO: CHNL Information Office

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