First supertanker through the Northeast Passage

On August 30, the Russian Nuclear Corporation Rosatom reported that the tanker Vladimir Tikhonov – a suezmax with a deadweight of 162,000 tonnes that is owned by the Russian shipping company Sovcomflot – set a speed record completing its voyage along the passage in just under eight days.

It was escorted by two nuclear icebreakers, the Fifty Years of Victory and Yamal.

The Vladimir Tikhonov is the largest tanker to have moved along this route, Rosatom said. It is now on its way to a port in Thailand, carrying over 120,000 tonnes of gas condensate in its holds.

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