NSR Shipping traffic – Transits in 2019

The cargo volume of transportation along the Northern Sea Route significantly increased in 2019 and amounted to 31.5 million tons. Recall that in 2018 this figure was 19.7 million, and in 2017 it was 10.7 million tons.

The deliveries to ports and port points in the water area of ​​the Northern Sea Route amounted to 2 425.5 thousand tons, export of 28 408.5 thousand tons, and transit cargoes – 697.3 thousand tons.

Last year, 29 transit vessels passed through the NSR, having completed a total of 37 voyages.

Most of the voyages were made by vessels with ice class Arc 4 – 17 voyages, followed by Ice 1 – 6 voyages, Ice 3 and Arc 5 –– 5 voyages each (see chart below).

Most of the transits were made by general cargo vessels – 11 voyages, and what is noteworthy – most of these vessels belong to the Chinese company COSCO.

The voyages were made under the flags of Russia, China, Liberia, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Portugal, Panama, Bahamas. See other vessel characteristics below:

Vessel name Ice class Flag Shipowner Vessel type DWT (t) GRT (t)
Svyatoy Petr Arc 4 Russia Valkur Tanker 10960 6441
Tian En Arc 4 China COSCO General cargo 37125 26787
Simfoniya Arc 4 Russia Transrefflot Reefer 3750 4298
Garmoniya Arc 4 Russia Yuzhmorrybflot Reefer 3642 4295
Da Tai Ice 1 Hong Kong COSCO General cargo 29881 22566
Professor Multanovskiy Arc 5 Russia FERHRI Research 620 1753
Nordic Svalbard Arc 4 Liberia Nordic Svalbard General cargo 16543 15549
Korolev Prospect Ice 3 Liberia Kismet Ventures Tanker 113232 64909
Atlanticborg Arc 4 Netherlands Atlanticborg Shipping Company General cargo 17294 11885
Tian Xi Ice 1 Liberia COSCO General cargo 28098 26600
Sparta 3 Arc 4 Russia OBL-Shipping General cargo 9490 12679
Astoria Arc 4 Russia Triniti Shipping Tanker 12712 8886
Sevmorput Arc 5 Russia Atomflot Container 33240 38226
Alsey No Russia Antey Fishing 991 2158
Tian You Arc 4 China COSCO General cargo 37559 26787
Da Xiang Ice 1 China COSCO General cargo 28577 21992
Tian Hui Arc 4 China COSCO General cargo 37130 26787
Tian Qi Ice 1 China COSCO General cargo 37940 26770
Baltic Winter Arc 4 Portugal KG Shipping Company General cargo 19404 15549
Andrey Pervozvannyy Arc 5 Russia Valkur Tanker 25000 16040
Gebe Oldendorff Ice 2 Portugal Oldendorff Carriers Bulk 80943 44218
Tamango Ice 2 Russia Antey Fishing 257 680
Rashkov Ice 3 Russia Antey Fishing 315 868
Crown Sapphire Ice 1 Bahamas Zetland Advisor Reefer 10316 10519
Mendeleev Prospect Ice 3 Liberia Serafina Enterprises Tanker 113159 64909
Nordic Oshima Arc 4 Panama Bulk Nordic Olympic Bulk 76180 41071
Vitus Bering Arc 5 Bahamas GTLK ASIA M4 Bulk 105990 66291
Georgiy Ushakov Arc 7 Bahamas Teekay Shipping LNG Tanker 96796 128969
Lomonosov Prospect Ice 3 Liberia Purposeful Corporation Tanker 113170 64909

The main direction for transits in 2019 was cabotage: 16 voyages were made between Russian ports. The most popular destination ports were Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, and departed most often from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and Arkhangelsk.12 voyages were passed in direction from West to East, and 9 transits were from East to West.

The earliest transit started from the Chinese port of Changsu on July 19 and crossed the eastern border of the NSR on Dezhnev Cape on July 30 (Tian En ship).

The last transit started in the port of Nakhodka on November 1, and completing the transit crossed the western border of the NSR Cape Zhelaniya on November 22 (Vitus Bering vessel).

Vessel “Crown Sapphire” showed the highest average speed along the NSR – 17.4 khots, and spent for its voyage from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to St. Petersburg 17 days.

Vessel name Departure Port Departure Date Port of Arrival Arrival Date Speed on NSR (knots)
Svyatoy Petr Pet.-Kamchatskiy 23.07.2019 Arkhangelsk 10.08.2019 9,3
Tian En Changshu 19.07.2019 Gavle 17.08.2019 11,2
Tian En Skagen 17.09.2019 Tomakomai 09.10.2019 12,9
Simfoniya Ossora 06.08.2019 Arkhangelsk 19.08.2019 13,8
Simfoniya Arkhangelsk 23.08.2019 Ossora 14.09.2019 14,7
Garmoniya Ossora 08.08.2019 Arkhangelsk 21.08.2019 12,8
Garmoniya Arkhangelsk 28.08.2019 Livadiya 30.09.2019 15,1
Da Tai Taicang 31.07.2019 Skagen 24.08.2019 12,0
Da Tai Ust-Luga 17.09.2019 Rizhao 20.10.2019 12,2
Professor Multanovskiy Vladivostok 26.07.2019 Murmansk 07.09.2019 8,4
Professor Multanovskiy Murmansk 11.09.2019 Vladivostok 22.10.2019 8,0
Nordic Svalbard Busan 09.08.2019 Cuxhaven 01.09.2019 14,0
Korolev Prospect Murmansk 23.08.2019 Qingdao 14.09.2019 12,1
Korolev Prospect Qingdao 16.09.2019 Murmansk 08.10.2019 12,1
Atlanticborg Vlissingen 19.08.2019 Kinuura 13.09.2019 12,7
Tian Xi Skagen 22.08.2019 Qingdao 16.09.2019 12,7
Sparta 3 Busan 20.08.2019 Murmansk 09.09.2019 13,7
Astoria Murmansk 02.09.2019 Vladivostok 24.09.2019 11,3
Sevmorput Pet.-Kamchatskiy 29.08.2019 St, Petersburg 15.09.2019 15,1
Alsey Arkhangelsk 31.08.2019 Pet.-Kamchatskiy 17.09.2019 10,6
Tian You Shanghai 26.08.2019 Hamburg 20.09.2019 12,0
Da Xiang Hamburg 01.09.2019 Dalian 27.09.2019 13,4
Tian Hui Jiangyin 30.08.2019 Gothenburg 23.09.2019 13,3
Tian Qi St, Petersburg 05.09.2019 Phu My 09.10.2019 12,6
Baltic Winter Busan 05.09.2019 Cuxhaven 29.09.2019 13,5
Andrey Pervozvannyy Arkhangelsk 07.09.2019 Ust-Kamchatsk 26.09.2019 11,2
Gebe Oldendorff Murmansk 16.09.2019 Ningbo 24.10.2019 9,3
Tamango Pet.-Kamchatskiy 19.09.2019 Murmansk 10.10.2019 8,7
Rashkov Pet.-Kamchatskiy 19.09.2019 Murmansk 10.10.2019 8,7
Crown Sapphire Pet.-Kamchatskiy 01.10.2019 St. Petersburg 17.10.2019 17,4
Mendeleev Prospect Primorsk 02.10.2019 Tianjin 08.11.2019 11,4
Svyatoy Petr Arkhangelsk 07.10.2019 Beringovskiy 21.10.2019 10,0
Nordic Svalbard Rosyth 10.10.2019 Vostochnyy 30.10.2019 14,8
Georgiy Ushakov Geoje 18.09.2019 Vardo 24.10.2019 12,8
Lomonosov Prospect Primorsk 28.09.2019 Laizhou 29.10.2019 7,4
Nordic Oshima Nunavut 08.10.2019 Bayuquan 20.11.2019 4,8
Vitus Bering Nakhodka 01.11.2019 Murmansk 24.11.2019 11,2

Among 37 transits only 6 were needed icebreaker support, that was provided by “Vaygach” and “Yamal” icebreakers.

Total amount of cargo that was shipped by transit voyages is 697 277 thousand tons:

  • Liquid cargo: 333 499
  • Bulk: 175 121
  • General cargo: 169 067
  • Containers: 6 741
  • Fish: 12 848

The presented information is based on the data from the NSR Administration and observations of CHNL Information Office.

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