The first ever shipment of reefer containers to travel along by Northern Sea Route was successfully dispatched from Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (Global Ports group). The shipment is arranged by: MAERSK LINE with key partners LLC Kamchatka Lines, Norebo Group and LLC Seroglazka Terminal.
For this trial shipment VSC first received containers with fish delivered from Kamchatka on coastal service operated by LLC Kamchatka Lines. On 26 August 185 reefer containers were loaded onto m/v VENTA MAERSK (operated by MAERSK) and sailed via the Northern Sea Route to the port of Saint Petersburg. The transit time to the destination via the Northern Sea Route is expected to be 35 days with the vessel to arrive at the container terminal of JSC Petroleport (Global Ports group) by the end of September.
Traditionally, fish from Kamchatka is shipped to the European part of Russia from ports in the Russian Far East by rail, or deep-sea route around the entire Eurasian continent to the European ports where they are reloaded onto feeder vessels bound for the ports in he Russian Baltic. This joint project between MAERSK, LLC Kamchatka Lines, Norebo group, LLC Seroglazka Terminal and VSC will help evaluate the potential of regular direct shipments via the new route. The distance from Vostochny port to Saint Petersburg by the Northern Sea Route is just over 14,000 km, while the ocean route via the Suez Canal stretches over 23,000 km. Transportation via the Northern Sea Route is expected to substantially shorten cargo delivery time to these important markets and significantly facilitate supply chain.