A delegation from PAO Sovcomflot took part in the 7th International Meeting of Representatives of Arctic Council Member States in Sabetta (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District). The company was represented by Senior Executive Vice-President and Vice Chairman of the Arctic Economic Council Evgeniy Ambrosov and Chief Marine Inspector of the SCF Group Mikhail Suslin.
The meeting in Sabetta brought together a large number of experts, representatives of the federal and regional authorities, major domestic and foreign companies, scientists, and businessmen from 15 countries.
The discussions held at the meeting focused on ensuring security in the Arctic region, including the safe navigation of the Northern Sea Route, prospects for international economic cooperation in major energy and infrastructure projects in the Arctic as well as the preservation of the region’s ecology.
In his speech, Ambrosov talked about Arctic and subarctic projects involving SCF vessels and focused in particular on safety and environmental issues in the Arctic.
“The transportation of cargo in the Arctic sea basin requires the further development of infrastructure to ensure the safety of navigation and environmental protection such as navigation and hydrographic support, emergency preparedness, the enhanced reliability of communication systems, and improved state regulation of shipping in the Arctic”, Ambrosov said.
“In August of this year, the Arctic tanker Christophe de Margerie became the world’s first commercial vessel that was able to navigate the entire Northern Sea Route without icebreaker accompaniment and crossed the high-latitude route in a record time of 6 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes. The voyage compiled with all the necessary measures and requirements for navigation safety and the protection of the Arctic environment.
This voyage was a success due to vast experience that Sovcomflot vessels have gained from operating in major large oil and gas projects in the Barents and Pechora Seas (Varandey, Prirazlomnoye) as well as experimental transit trips in the waters of the Northern Sea Route that the company’s vessels carried out in 2010–2011. These trips proved that it is technically and economically feasible to use high-latitude routes as a transport corridor for large-capacity vessels.
The further development of commercial shipping in the Arctic requires the support and improvement of a unique Russian school of professional training for marine specialists on how to work in difficult climatic and ice conditions.
“Improvements need to be made to accident response technologies in ice conditions as well as underwater engineering work to repair possible damage to ships during ice navigation.
The main tool for protecting the Arctic environment is to prevent ‘substandard navigation’ and improve the level of professional training by utilizing the right of coastal states to tighten the navigation safety requirements in accordance with Article 234 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”, Ambrosov said during his speech at the meeting of representatives Arctic Council member states.
Sovcomflot Press Office