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Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« Reply #100 on: July 26, 2017, 01:02:45 PM »
The Northern Sea Route seems to be pretty much open now:



Perhaps technically a little more melt is needed around Severnaya Zemlya, but the ice there is disappearing quickly, and I suspect that many ships would have no problem getting through already:


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« Reply #101 on: July 26, 2017, 02:23:51 PM »
I suspect that many ships would have no problem getting through already.

No problem if following 50 Let Pobedy! An unaccompanied yacht might prefer to wait a little longer however?
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« Reply #102 on: July 26, 2017, 04:31:52 PM »
Not so much thinking of yachts as commercial shipping with a high ice class. If you look on Modis there seems to be a route through Vilkitsky Strait, but perhaps too much ice around for anyone to risk it yet. The ice is going pretty quickly, anyway.

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« Reply #103 on: July 26, 2017, 04:52:41 PM »
I don't think the Russkies will worry about a few scratches on the ships in their convoys. (Many years ago I met some Russian trawlermen in West Africa, having a break from Arctic Fishing to raid African waters. They were great company but totally nuts). And Russia does have 40 icebreakers to assist. But isn't there a database somewhere that tracks all registered shipping?

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« Reply #104 on: July 26, 2017, 04:55:20 PM »
There's this one:

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:103.3/centery:74.5/zoom:3

Plenty of ships in the general area, but none that are obviously on their way through from Europe to Asia or vice-versa yet.

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Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« Reply #105 on: July 26, 2017, 05:11:42 PM »
But isn't there a database somewhere that tracks all registered shipping?


There certainly is. Permissions:

http://www.nsra.ru/en/razresheniya/

Movements:

http://www.nsra.ru/en/grafik_dvijeniya_po_smp/

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Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« Reply #106 on: July 27, 2017, 10:13:10 AM »
Apparently the GEORGIY USHAKOV is heading from Arkhangelsk to Khatanga, due to arrive on the 2nd of August:

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:347497/mmsi:273338250/imo:9210335/vessel:GEORGIY_USHAKOV

That would mean travelling through Vitilsky, if accurate. The Mikhail Kutuzov is also showing on the live map as heading towards Taicang in China, which would also probably mean taking the Northern Sea Route. However the live map  isn't confirmed by the page for the vessel, which still has it in Arkhangelsk. We shall see.

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« Reply #107 on: July 27, 2017, 11:39:28 AM »
Meanwhile Yamal reports that it's "Waiting the approach of ships"
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Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« Reply #108 on: Today at 01:23:46 AM »
Yamal is now heading in the direction of the Vilkitsky Strait in the company of Angrap, Boris Vilkitsky and Yaroslav the Wise. The latter is heading for Pevek:
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