SCF Baltica: Liberian-flag tanker traverses Arctic

As the polar ice increasingly diminishes each summer, has it again been considered a possible commercially viable route for shipping goods from Europe round the northern coast of Russia to China, Japan and Korea.

The Liberian flag SCF Baltica IMO: 9305568, Sovcomflot beneficial owner. Carrying 70,000 tonnes of gas from Murmansk in Russia for Novatek, the country's biggest independent gas producer . destined for Ningbo in China. It traveled only 13,000km rather than the 22,000km it would take to go through the Suez Canal, in just 11 days – half the time it would take to go through the Suez Canal.

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