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Arc7 class LNG carrier completes maiden port

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GAC Russia has successfully handled the first LNG carrier designed to withstand harsh Arctic conditions at the Russian ports of Murmansk and Sabetta.

The Christophe De Margerie is the world’s first specialised LNG carrier in the reinforced ice Arc7 class. It is also the first of a fleet of 15 LNG carriers designed to export LNG from Sabetta to European and Asian markets.

When it arrived in Murmansk for its ice trails in the Kara Sea, GAC Russia provided the vessel with a range of services, including obtaining its permit to operate in Russian territorial waters, boarding engineers and scientists for the trials, delivering equipment and supplies on board, coordinating her route with the Russian Coast Guard Service, and providing valuable advice on navigation in the Arctic.

The ship then set sail for her first call at Sabetta, on Yamal.

Tatyana Shorokhova, GAC Russia’s General Manager, said: “This was an important milestone, both for us and for the country, and one which attracted considerable media attention […] We believe that this is the start of a new era for Sabetta, and we look to forward with confidence to the part that we will play in that future.”

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