FIRST REGULAR CONTAINER LINE ON THE NORTHERN SEA ROUTE
The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker and Gazpromneft Shipping signed a memorandum of cooperation for the Northern Container Transit (NCT) on September 11, 2023, during the Eastern Economic Forum. The NTC intends to establish the first regular container line to ship transit cargo between the eastern and the western Eurasia via the Northern Sea Route (NSR).
The signing ceremony was attended by Ekaterina Lyakhova, Director for Business Development of ROSATOM State Corporation, Anton Sobolev, General Director of Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and Dmitry Zaikin, General Director of Gazpromneft Shipping.
The companies intend to build collaboration in construction and operation of the Arctic fleet that will be constructed as part of the NCT project. This collaboration comprises studying the possibility of supplying the project with the infrastructure required to organise its operations on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and working out best possible conditions for bunkering the fleet with LNG or other types of fuel. Cooperation between ROSATOM and Gazprom Neft’s enterprises will help improve environmental safety and sustainability of the first Arctic container line and contribute to decarbonisation of shipping in Russia’s Arctic regions.
ROSATOM State Corporation has been the infrastructure operator of the Northern Sea Route since 2018, ensuring safety and smooth operation of this transportation route. ROSATOM is expanding its logistics business, including the Northern Container Transit Project, which aims to create services for containerized freight transit transportation between the eastern and western parts of Eurasia through the Northern Sea Route.
Gazprom Neft Marine Bunker is the operator of Gazprom Neft’s bunkering business. It provides year-round supplies of marine fuels and lubricants for marine and river transport in the largest ports of the North-West, Black Sea and Far East regions, as well as in the Arctic and on inland waterways.