The convoy of Russian ships crossed the Northern Sea Route westwards in winter navigation.
The crossing started in the Bering Strait on December 21, 2016 and was completed in the Ob Bay of the Kara Sea on January 3, 2017. In total the convoy covered about 2,400 miles.
One of the participants of the crossing became one of the world's leading shipping companies “Sovcomflot”.
The vessels crossed the Northern Sea Route in difficult ice conditions during the polar night.
The convoy of ships escorted by FSUE Atomflot’s nuclear-powered icebreaker “50 Let Pobedy” also included the Shturman Ovtsyn shuttle tanker and Audax and Arctic-1 motorships.
Shturman Ovtsyn is a shuttle tanker that was ordered by Sovcomflot as part of a long term contract with Gazprom Neft company.
It is used for crude delivery from the Yamal peninsula to Murmansk in conditions of yearly navigation.