An ice-breaking LNG carrier is nearing its destination after a return trip voyage through tough ice conditions in the eastern part of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

The 172,600-cbm Boris Vilkitsky (built 2017) left Novatek’s Yamal LNG plant with a cargo on 8 December and sailed via the NSR to China.

The Dynagas-owned, Yamal Trade-chartered vessel delivered its shipment to the Tianjin LNG terminal on 29 December and immediately set out on the return trip.