Venta Maersk passed through Northern Sea Route
The 'Venta Maersk' has successfully passed through the Northern Sea Route, conducting a one-off trial passage
The 'Venta Maersk' has successfully passed through the Northern Sea Route, conducting a one-off trial passage. She arrived in Saint Petersburg after 37 days on Sep 28. The 'Venta Maersk', one of Maersk Line’s new Baltic feeders, embarked on her voyage on Aug 22 in the port of Vladivostok. The route included further stops in Vostochny Stevedoring Company and Busan, before passing through Bering Strait on Sep 6 on her way to Bremerhaven. The trial allowed to gain exceptional operational experience, test vessel systems, crew capabilities and the functionality of the shore based support setup. The voyage went according to plan and without specific incidents. The vessel and all systems aboard performed well in the unfamiliar environment. While the passage is feasible around this time of the year and marked by a lack of obstructive ice, ice conditions in the East Siberian Sea required assistance by icebreakers. Maersk had taken different precautionary measures to ensure that the trial was done with the highest considerations for the safety of crew, cargo, environment, and vessel. During the trial, Maersk has been in close and regular dialogue with the Northern Sea Route Administration and ice breaker companies. The crew underwent special training and was joined by Northern Sea Route certified ice Pilots during the entire transit.