Kumpula completes fourth Northern Sea Route transit


Our ice-class 1A bulk carrier m/v Kumpula has arrived in Narvik in Northern Norway after her return voyage to Europe via the Northern Sea Route. Kumpula begun her first roundtrip from Murmansk to China in late July.

Ice conditions during the last passage were more challenging than expected at this time of the year but still nothing extraordinary for the Northeast Passage. Consequently, typical convoy icebreaker assistance was provided to all vessels in the area.

The fact that there was only one icebreaker operating in the area caused some delays in the passage and the convoy was ordered to wait over a week at a safe drifting place north of Kotelny Island for the continuation of assistance while the icebreaker assisted other vessels.

Winds had packed the ice in some areas and that is why convoy was the safest way to operate.

Despite the delays in the passage, the crew of Kumpula is doing well. Safety is always our first priority and Kumpula has had plenty of fuel, supplies and provision onboard for a safe journey.

Our experiences from this voyage highlight that weather conditions can change quickly. Thanks to our previous experience from the Northern Sea Route and the Russian Arctic we were well prepared for different scenarios regarding the passage.

Icebreaker approaching Kumpula on November 26. Taken by Master of Kumpula.. Image by ESL Shipping.

ESL Shipping is the leading carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic Sea region.

We secure product and raw material transportation for the industry and energy production around the year, even under difficult weather conditions.

We have been in business more than 70 years and are part of Aspo Plc

ESL Shipping Ltd. press release