The Venta Maersk competed its trial passage of the Northern Sea Route today with its arrival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Venta Maersk, a new 3,596 TEU Baltic feeder, departed the port of Vladivostok on August 22nd and included stops in Vostochny, Busan, before passing through Bering Strait on September 6, 2018 on its way to Bremerhaven.
Capacity 3,596 TEU
The Baltic feeder class ships are designed specifically to operate in waters of -25 degrees C where the stronger hull can offer year-round operations. The trial provided Maersk with a unique opportunity to gain operational experience in a new area and to test vessel systems, crew capabilities and the functionality of the shore-based support setup. The transit route was coordinated with Russian authorities after careful evaluation of ice conditions. The Northern Sea Route could be a shorter route for journeys from East Asia to Europe than the Northwest Passage over Canada. However, Palle Laursen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk states, "Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea Route as a viable commercial alternative to existing east-west routes. In general, we plan new services according to trading patterns, population centres and our customers demand.”