Thursday, September 3, 2009
NORTHEAST PASSAGE - UPDATE PHOTOS
These photos show a Russian Federation Icebreaker moving ahead of the BELUGA convoy. To Ice Navigators/Ice Pilots this is really just scattered pieces of ice known as 'bergy bits'. Both the BELUGA ships are Class 3 for ice navigation, however since they are in Russian Federation Territorial Waters they are entitled to an escort Icebreaker. A Russian Icebreaker this large and design is likely to be an Arktika Class and nuclear-powered. The classic paint scheme of dark red superstructure and black hull is quite usual for Russian Federation Icebreakers. They are very powerful and capable vessels built in both Russian and Finnish shipyards
Once again thanks to the thoughtfulness of BELUGA SHIPPING GMBH for the photos taken from the MS "Beluga Fraternity" in the Northeast Passage. NAUTICAL LOG received them just this afternoon.
You may recall from previous Posts she with MS "Beluga Foresight" are on passage in convoy from Vladivostok to Novyy Port /Yamburg with heavy lifts loaded in South Korea.
Once again NAUTICAL LOG would like to thank Geschaftsfuhender Gesellschafter Niels Stolberg and his Staff member Timo Cyriacks for the update and photos.