Vaygach takes over eastbound Northern Sea Route convoy of vessels

Icebreaker Vaygach (IMO 8417493) is now leading a convoy of five Far-East-bound ships, the Nordic Nuluujaak (IMO 9884966), Golden Suek (IMO 9438614), Nordic Qinngua (IMO 9884978), Golden Pearl (IMO 9470375), UHL Fusion IMO 9785380)through ice on the northern passage, having previously led a convoy in a westbound direction

The convoy was already in Chukcha sea, and was predicted to reach the Bering Strait at the weekend.

West bound ships, including the MV Kumpula (IMO 9590802), were stuck in ice north of Kotelny island, bordering Laptev and East Siberian seas, waiting for an icebreaker, probably the Taymyr  (IMO 8417481), which was positioned in Obskaya Gulf, and which previously had been leading the now-Vaygach-led convoy.

The Loadstar has reported on the risks involved for box ships on the route.

This month it was revealed that transit traffic on the Northern Sea Route had increased by 66% year on year from January to November. While Russia has claimed year-round NSR transits will be possible within the next three years, that was disputed to The Loadstar by John Hammersmark, director of emergency preparedness at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.“The impression people

have, that there’s no ice up there, is simply not true. You will find ice there even in the height of summer, and it comes in quite fast with the wind and weather. There are only three months they call ‘ice-free’. I would seriously advise people to understand the challenges.”

Hammersmark said that it was not only ice and weather – there were also shallow waters on long stretches of the route, and islands. Maps for that area were not detailed, navigation was challenging and communications were poor. “Whether you face ice sheets, you can still meet floating chunks of ice, which necessitates using a ship designed to operate in that environment,” he said, noting in addition that much still needd to be done about the capabilities of local search and rescue.

2021-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 54,066 gt Nordic Qinngua is owned by Fortune Sealion II Ltd care of manager Nordic Bulk Carriers AS of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is SCF Management Services Dubai. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Nordic Bulk Carriers AS.

2013-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 41,718 gt Golden Pearl is owned by Golden Pearl Inc care of manager Golden Ocean Group Ltd of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is Thome Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Golden Pearl Inc

2018-built, Portugal-flagged, 16,732 gt UHL Fusion is owned by Elmar Shipping SA care of manager Hammonia Reederei GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Elmar Shipping SA.

2021-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 54,066 gt Nordic Nuluujaak is owned by Fortune Sealion I Ltd care of manager Nordic Bulk Carriers AS of Hellerup, Denmark. ISM manager is SCF Management Services Dubai. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Nordic Bulk Carriers AS.

2011-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 41,586 gt Golden Suek is owned by Golden Sapphire Inc care of Golden Ocean Group Ltd of Hamilton, Bermuda. ISM manager is Thome Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with North of England on behalf of Golden Sapphire Inc.

2011-built, Netherlands-flagged, 17,644 gt Poolgracht is owned by Rederij Poolgracht care of manager Spliethoff’s Bevrachtings BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Rederij Poolgracht.

2012-built, Finland-flagged, 33,958 gt Kumpula is owned and managed by ESL Shipping Ltd of Helsinki, Finland. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of ESL Shipping Ltd.