Ice-breakers complete experimental mission to Tatarski Strait

Mar 05, 2002 01:00 AM

Giant tankers may transport crude oil produced in the Sakhalin offshore oil fields in the wintertime, experts say after two ice-breakers, the Krasin and the Magadan, have completed an experimental mission to the Tatarski Strait. Both ships returned to Vladivostok, their port of registration.
The ice-breakers piloted the giant tanker Primorye to the port of De Castri in the Khabarovsk territory. Their mission was to clear a 50 meter-wide canal in the meter-thick ice, covering waters in the northernmost part of the Sea of Japan.

The tanker has the width of 42 meters, the length of 254 meters, and the deadweight of 105,000 tons. Its cruise in the trail of the Krasin and the Magadan totaled 500 km. The crews of both ice-breakers will be preparing for new missions now.
In May, the Magadan is due to sail to the ice-trapped Molikpak oil rig in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Source: Itar-Tass
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