Livestock carrier sparked anthrax fears, Turkey


…As Novatek, Rosatom Team Up on LNG-Fueled Icebreakers***

Livestock carrier RAHMEH had to shelter at Cesme anchorage, Turkey, Aegean sea, on Sep 13, to fix mechanical problem, which requires spare parts to be delivered on board.

The ship is ballasting from Istanbul to Gibraltar.

There were fears among local residents, because during her previous voyage with livestock from Brazil to Turkey, some animals were found to be infected with anthrax, RAHMEH was under quarantine in Turkish waters for quite some time. Authorities had to issue official statement, assuring people that there’s no bio danger, and that the ship and the crew will undergo health inspection.

In the meantime, Russia’s natural gas producer Novatek and compatriot nuclear energy firm Rosatom have signed an agreement to join forces on an LNG-fueled icebreaker fleet.

The parties plan to establish a long-term partnership to jointly develop, finance and implement a project to create a LNG-fueled icebreaker fleet.

The units would support Novatek’s Arctic projects in frozen areas along the Northern Sea Route. The agreement also includes building port fleet and supply vessels.

“We already have successful experience of working with Rosatom providing ice-breaker support for the LNG carriers of our Yamal LNG project,” Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board, said.

“This agreement will facilitate the further development of an icebreaking fleet and support the growth of cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route that is very important for our company and for Russia’s economy as a whole,” Mikhelson concluded.

Fleetmon with additional report from World Maritime News