NSR Shipping Traffic – Activities in August 2020

Traditionally, August is one of the first months of high shipping activity on the NSR during the summer navigation period. This is reflected in both the number of voyages and the number of ships – the indicators are significantly higher than in July. Thus, in August 2020, 448 voyages were made by 193 ships. Compared to August last year, the number of voyages is approximately at the same level, and the number of ships operating on the NSR this month has increased (see the chart on the map).

The greatest activity belongs to river-sea transportations, which even exceeds the number of voyages from and to popular ports / port points of the Ob Bay (Sabetta, Mys Kamennyy, Salmanovskoe field). Particular attention should be paid to the section named as “other” in the diagram about voyages under the projects on the map. Like the rest of the sections, this figure includes both destination and return passages. Most of them belong to the Northern Delivery project: these are general cargo ships and tankers. A considerable scope of work has been done by vessels that supply drilling rigs, research vessels, as well as specialized vessels (dredgers, hoppers).

It should be noted that there were few changes of operation areas of nuclear icebreakers. “Yamal” went to Murmansk at the beginning of the month, and “50 let Pobedy” headed high into the Arctic after the short work period in the Ob Bay. Two more river icebreakers operated in the Siberian rivers, the repositioning of other icebreakers were not registered this month.

With regard to transit traffic, there were 16 voyages in August 2020. 10 of them were from west to east and 6 – in the opposite direction. 5 transits were made between Russian ports. According to the vessel type, the transits were distributed as follows: 9 – general cargo, 4 – bulk carriers, 2 – fishing, 1 – nuclear container ship. By the way, the last one passed the NSR faster than other, “Sevmorput” took 5.9 days to overcome the water area of ​​the NSR from the Kara Gate to Cape Dezhnev. Half of the transit voyages belonged to non-Russian shipping companies (COSCO, United Heavy Lift, HAMMONIA Reederei, Oldendorff Carriers).

Transits on the NSR in August 2020

Vessel name Departure port Departure date Arrival port Arrival date Av. speed on NSR (knots)
1 S.Kuznetsov P.-Kamchatskiy 07.08.2020 Arkhangelsk 24.08.2020 11,6
2 Sevmorput Murmansk 19.08.2020 P.-Kamchatskiy 03.09.2020 18,3
3 Barents Sovetskaya Gavan 14.08.2020 Arkhangelsk 02.09.2020 12,3
4 Tian You Aalborg 28.07.2020 Shanghai 23.08.2020 13,7
5 Tian En Lianyungang 26.07.2020 Emden 19.08.2020 13,1
6 Bykhov Arkhangelsk 02.08.2020 Anadyr 20.08.2020 9,6
7 UHL Partner Rotterdam 01.08.2020 Shanghai 29.08.2020 13,2
8 UHL Fast Nakhodka 31.07.2020 Rotterdam 24.08.2020 12,4
9 Golden Suek Murmansk 06.08.2020 Tianjin 10.09.2020 11,2
10 Golden Strength Murmansk 14.08.2020 Lanqiao 12.09.2020 12,4
11 Tian Hui Yangzhou 06.08.2020 Skagen 01.09.2020 13,5
13 Tian Zhen Helsinki 11.08.2020 Qingdao 10.09.2020 12,2
13 UHL Frontier Taicang 08.08.2020 Rotterdam 04.09.2020 13,3
14 Gebe Oldendorff Nunavut 05.08.2020 Vladivostok 09.09.2020 11,0
15 Rus Murmansk 22.08.2020 P.-Kamchatskiy 07.09.2020 10,6
16 Golden Pearl Murmansk 09.08.2020 Dalian 31.08.2020 12,6
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