New regular sea line to bring Pacific fish to Saint Petersburg via Northern Sea Route
Saint-Petersburg-based BSK-fish company LLC chartered Sevmorput, a Russian nuclear-powered cargo ship, to open a regular sea route from Kamchatka to the northern capital, reports Megafishnet.com.
According to Rybak Kamchatki, BSK-fish company focuses on the development of regular traffic between Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Saint Petersburg via the Northern Sea Route. Towards that end, the company has leased Sevmorput cargo ship and her first trip will start in November 2021 from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok with a call to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky approximately on November 18, 2021.
Sevmorput made her first trip to Kamchatka in 2019. Then, she arrived in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on August 25, moored at the berth of Terminal Seroglazka LLC. Uploaded with 204 refrigerated containers with frozen fish and 66 containers with general cargo with a total weight of about 8 thousand tons, the ship set course for St. Petersburg, where she arrived on September 15 after 18 days of sailing.
The second similar trip took place a year later. Sevmorput arrived in Petropavlovsk on September 4, 2020, and 4 days later the ship headed for St. Petersburg. There were 206 refrigerated containers with white and red fish and squid onboard (about 5.5 thousand tons). The trip took almost 17 days.
Both trips were carried out in normal mode. They were carried out by Rosatom State Corporation together with Norebo Group of Companies and Rosrybolovstvo.
BSK-fish company also promises that its trips from Kamchatka will take within 14-18 days and the tariffs will be no higher than for traditional transportation by rail. The company invites Kamchatka organizations to cooperate with it on the matter. There is also a possibility of cargo delivery from St. Petersburg for the first trip in November 2021. It is also possible to deliver goods in the opposite direction from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vladivostok. The company informs about the availability of conventional and refrigerated containers for cargo delivery (by prior request).
The trips will be carried out on a regular basis every month except for the period from January 15 to March 30, 2022.
In the future, BSK-fish company is ready to consider proposals for the delivery of goods along the entire eastern coast of Kamchatka using barges and tugs that are onboard Sevmorput. Besides, it also plans to make Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the end point of the route for Sevmorput, and to transport cargo from/to the port of Vladivostok by a conventional container ship of non-ice class.
Sevmorput is an icebreaker and transport vessel with a nuclear power plant. She was built at the Kerch shipyard "Bay" named after B. E. Butoma. It was commissioned in 1988.
Sevmorput is 260.30 metres (854.0 ft) long overall and 236.60 metres (776.2 ft) between perpendiculars. The breadth and depth of her hull are 32.20 metres (105.6 ft) and 18.30 metres (60.0 ft), respectively.
The lighter ship can carry up to 1,500 containers, of which 325 are refrigerated. In total, she can bring more than 37 thousand tons of cargo, including bulky and up to 8 thousand tons in refrigerated containers at a time.