The sailing of the Christophe de Margerie LNG carrier across the northern route from Europe to Asia in August left thousands of miles of broken ice in its wake, and widened the rift between industrialists and environmentalists.
But icebreaking LNG tankers carving eastwards through the Arctic Ocean will soon be a common, albeit controversial, sight. The Christophe de Margerie is one of 15 ‘ice-class’ vessels standing by to ship the fuel from Yamal LNG, which will start up in November.
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