What commercial use of Northern Sea Route we’re talking about?
As of 0600 Moscow time Nov 24 general cargo vessel Brin-Navolok was still drifting in Pechora sea, Barents sea, in ten-point ice brush. It was reported earlier, that the tugs from Varandey port were to assist vessel, but the idea was rejected, MRCC reported that “owner of the vessel is to find suitable vessel capable of rendering assistance”. It means, that a) owner of the distressed vessel has to find somewhere somehow icebreaker or ice-class vessel capable of taking Brin-Navolok out of ice; b) that Russian authorities still don’t have emergency icebreaking services in one of most crucial parts, Barents sea, Varandey oil terminal area. What commercial exploitation of a Northern Sea Route are we talking about? Brin-Navolok, strictly speaking, is not allowed to navigate Arctic seas, especially late in autumn. But it’s not the point now, the point is, the vessel is stuck in ice for already 10 days, and there’s nothing authorities can do about it, except to advise owner to find assistance somewhere. Welcome to Northern Sea Route.
General cargo vessel Brin-Navolok
General cargo vessel Brin-Navolok with 1300 tons of general cargo on board on Nov 16 reported being stuck in ice off Varandey, Russian Arctic, and requested assistance. No danger to crew or vessel yet. Tug Ataman Ermak sent to assist.
General cargo vessel Brin-Navolok: Ice Class L4 (Russian Classification Society RS) – individual episodic sailings in non-Arctic seas in open ice brush.