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Natural Gas Tanker Reaches South Korea 30 Percent Faster, Through Arctic



(p. 12) A Russian-owned tanker, built to traverse the frozen waters of the Arctic, completed a journey in record time from Europe to Asia this month, auguring the future of shipping as global warming melts sea ice.

The Christophe de Margerie, a 984-foot tanker built specifically for the journey, became the first ship to complete the so-called Northern Sea Route without the aid of specialized ice-breaking vessels, the ship's owner, Sovcomflot, said in a statement.


. . .


The ship, transporting liquefied natural gas, completed the trip from Norway to South Korea Thursday of last week, in just 19 days, 30 percent faster than the regular route through the Suez Canal, the company said.

Sailors have for centuries sought a navigable Northwest Passage: a shorter, faster route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that transits the Arctic.



For the full story, see:

RUSSELL GOLDMAN. "No Icebreaker Needed: Thaw Lets Tanker Traverse Arctic." The New York Times, First Section (Sun., AUG. 27, 2017): 12.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date AUG. 25, 2017, and has the title "Russian Tanker Completes Arctic Passage Without Aid of Icebreakers.")






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