Sabetta Port LNG vessel management deal struck

Sabetta presents a challenge to conventional LNG transportation, as the sea is frozen for up to nine months of the year Sabetta presents a challenge to conventional LNG transportation, as the sea is frozen for up to nine months of the year

The Yamal LNG project has appointed GAC Russia to manage its fleet of ice-breaker tankers at Sabetta port.

Under the three-year agreement, GAC Russia will handle an estimated 400 port calls every year, 200 in Sabetta and an additional 200 globally to keep operations running smoothly.

“We are privileged to be working so extensively with Yamal LNG on this historic project,” said Tatyana Shorokhova, general manager, GAC Russia.

“Our work with Yamal LNG is testament to the array of support GAC can provide in addition to standard services such as customs formalities, crew transfers, provision of bunker fuels and delivery of ship spares, machine parts and supplies.”

Challenging conditions

GAC has been offering in-port support to the project since 2015 and it also managed last spring's ice trials for the Christophe De Margerie, a new breed of tanker able to transport LNG unaided year-round.

Sabetta presents a challenge to conventional LNG transportation because the sea is frozen for up to nine months of the year and temperatures can drop as low as -50°C.

GAC Russia will apply its expertise to every aspect of in-port activities at Sabetta, from permits to operate in Russian waters and sourcing boarding engineers and scientists for the trials, to route coordination with the Russian Coast Guard Service and advice on Arctic navigation.

Each year, nearly 16.5 million metric tonnes of LNG will transit through the port of Sabetta, destined for customers in Europe and Asia under contracts ranging from 15 to 20 years.

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