News review of the events on the NSR
#2 January 2021
1. Alexander Poshivay announced strengthening of security measures on the NSR
Transport Minister Vitaliy Savelyev received a report via a videoconference from the captain of the LNG carrier “Christophe de Margerie”. The report was about completion of the unique passage along the Northern Sea Route without an icebreaker escort to the east. Another LNG carrier of this series performed a similar voyage on the NSR with a difference in a day. The vessel used the data of “Christophe de Margerie” and the canal it had laid in the ice fields.
During the conference, which was also attended by the management of “Sovcomflot” Company, the head of Rosmorrechflot, Alexander Poshivay, made a report on the provision of navigation safety in the water area of the Northern Sea Route by the department. He noted the growing intensity of shipping along the NSR, reports the press service of the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport.
Poshivay spoke about the arrangement (with the help of Marine Rescue Service) of emergency and rescue preparedness, search and rescue people and ships in distress in the areas of responsibility of the Russian Federation, including the NSR. Taking into account the intensification of the use of the eastern route, from 2021 in the seaport of Pevek, the watch of an Arc5 class rescue vessel with a capacity of 4 MW will resume.
In 2021, according to the plan agreed by Rosmorrechflot, two times as many measurements (about 75 reduced thousand km) will be carried out on the NSR routes.
The operation of 6 control and correction stations of the GLONASS global satellite navigation system will be provided.
The captains of 6 seaports located along the NSR carry out state port control, the authorization procedure for leaving the port is being implemented, which makes it possible to prevent ships from entering the NSR that do not meet current requirements.
“These measures guarantee a high level of safety of navigation on the Northern Sea Route and in the Arctic waters in general,” he said.
2. The State Duma of the Russian Federation offered a draft law on long-term agreements for icebreaker assistance
At a plenary session on January 19, 2021, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the first reading a draft law on long-term contracts for the provision of services using ships of the nuclear icebreaker fleet. This is stated in the materials of the State Duma.
The draft is aimed at updating the legal regulation of relations on icebreaker assistance, transportation of goods, passengers or other services necessary for merchant shipping and provided by the ships of the nuclear icebreaker fleet in the water area of the Northern Sea Route, as well as creating conditions for attracting long-term loan financing for the construction of serial universal nuclear icebreakers of project 22220.
This document establishes the possibility for the customer and the contractor to conclude an agreement for services for icebreaker assistance of a vessel provided by the nuclear icebreaker fleet in the water area of the NSR, and (or) other services necessary for the purposes of merchant shipping, provided by the ships of the nuclear icebreaker fleet in the water area of the NSR, long-term contracts for the provision of these services by the performer on a systematic basis.
The document also defines the terms of contracts for the provision of services for a fee (the term of the contract; the list of services provided; the procedure for payment for each of the services included in the specified list; the obligation of the contractor, when using ships of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, to ensure the readiness of the ship of the nuclear icebreaker fleet used by him to provide services during the entire period of validity contract; liability of the parties for non-performance or improper performance of obligations).
“The provisions proposed by the draft in the context of the promising development of the Arctic will create favorable conditions for sea carriers to conclude long-term contracts for the icebreaker services, which, in turn, will allow the development of transit shipping along the NSR and turn it into a really functioning international sea line “, – written in the explanatory note to the project.
3. “Arctic Gates” loaded 1000th tanker with Novoport oil
“Shturman Albanov” vessel accepted the loading of hydrocarbons produced at the Novoportovskoye field of “|Gazpromneft-Yamal”. The Arctic Gates terminal has strategic importance for the development of the Yamal fields. The logistic scheme we have built allows us to deliver raw materials to consumers by sea all year round. This opens up prospects for the development of the peninsula and contributes to the development of the Northern Sea Route, ” said Alexander Ovechkin, General Director of “Gazpromneft-Yamal”. To date, more than 30 million tons of hydrocarbons have been shipped through the terminal. Over the past year, it became possible to expand the geography of Novyy Port oil supplies: in addition to Western European countries, since 2020 it has been shipped to China.