An Arc7 LNG carrier making a return passage in ballast through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in winter is taking longer than expected to reach its destination due to the heavy ice conditions encountered.

The 172,600-cbm Vladimir Vize (built 2018), which discharged its cargo at China’s Rudong LNG terminal around 6 January, originally signalled that it will arrive at Yamal LNG’s Sabetta terminal on 26 January.