Venta Maersk Makes History as It Crosses Northern Sea Route
Maersk’s ice-class ship Venta Maersk has navigated through the Northern Sea Route for the first time
Maersk’s ice-class ship Venta Maersk has navigated through the Northern Sea Route for the first time. “The vessel left the port of Vladivostok on August 23 and passed through Bering Strait around September 6. At the moment, Venta Maersk is sailing down the coast of Norway and it looks like she will arrive in St Petersburg next week,” Maersk spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News. “All is well aboard. The vessel is performing well and all systems are working.” The 3,600 TEU Venta Maersk is the world’s first commercial containership to venture through the route, as the lane was reserved for tankers and most recently passenger ships. Maersk described its decision to send one of its boxships to transit the route as a trial run aimed at collecting scientific data.