The Yamal Peninsula’s unique location allows for flexible and competitive logistics, enabling year-round supplies of LNG to the Asia Pacific and European markets.
Virtually all estimated LNG output volume has already been committed under long-term sales and purchase agreements, and will be supplied primarily to Asian markets. In summertime, LNG will be delivered to the Northeast Asia through the Northern Sea Route, while in wintertime - via westward routes, with transshipment through one of the European regasification terminals.
Special ARC 7 ice class carriers (by Russian classification standards) have been custom-designed and are being built for the Yamal LNG Project to support year-round navigation without any icebreaker assistance along westbound navigation routes, and during summer navigation season - eastbound via the Northern Sea Route.
Being one-of-a-kind, these Arctic carriers have been created through the joint efforts of the Russian and international classification societies, leading scientific research organizations, shipyards and ship-owners, gleaning from their experience in navigating the waters of the Northern Sea Route.
Main specifications of the ARC7 tanker:
- Holding capacity around 170,000 cubic meters of LNG
- Output capacity of propulsion unit – 45 MW
- Speed in open water – 19.5 knots
- Speed in 1.5 m thick ice – 5.5 knots
- Primary fuel – LNG, with a dual fuel diesel-electric propulsion system equipped with three “Azipod” units
- Vessel design is based on the double – action concept: the bow has been adjusted for navigation in open water and thin ice, while the stern has been optimized to enable navigation in severe ice conditions.