The Christophe de Margerie-class ships are highly capable icebreaking LNG carriers designed to break five feet of ice while sailing continuously. (Sovcomflot)
The largest natural resource development project in the Arctic today is located in western Siberia on the Yamal Peninsula. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility and new port of Sabetta have been built on the western shore of the Ob Gulf above the Arctic Circle and inland from the Arctic Ocean. The new Arctic marine transportation system emerging out of Sabetta is destined to be a hub for ship traffic along Russia’s national Arctic waterway—the Northern Sea Route (NSR)—defined in Russian law as extending from the western navigation strait Kara Gate to the Bering Strait.