Follow the ''Stena Polaris''

Oct 04 2013

Stena Bulk’s tanker ‘Stena Polaris’ 31-day transit of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) can be followed via reports, photos and films in part directly from the ship.

There are also interviews with the crew and officers, as well as experts in the field, the company said.

The P-MAX is sailing, with a cargo of 44,000 tonne cargo of naphtha, from the Gulf of Finland, via the Northeast Passage, to South Korea.

‘Stena Polaris’ left Ust-Luga in the Gulf of Finland on 17th September and is expected to arrive at Yosu in South Korea on 18th October. The voyage is a joint project between Stena Bulk and South Korean Hyundai Glovis.

“This will be one of the greatest adventures in my life and I have very high expectation with regard to what we will see and experience. I’ll also be getting a lot of useful experience, which we will be able to make use of in our continuous development work,” said Patrik Svahn, who normally works in Stena Bulk’s office in Gothenburg but is now ‘our’ man on board.

Svahn will blog daily directly from the ship.


In his first Podcast, published earlier this week, he focused on the people on board. Here, there is an interview with Captain Sasa Stipanovic and information concerning preparedness, daily routines and training. as well as food on board.

In the weeks ahead, Stena said; “We plan to publish a further three podcasts entitled ‘The Commercial Aspect’ with facts about the ship, the high safety requirements, the technology on board and the important icebreakers and ‘Nature/Culture’ about the environment, weather and clothing, history and descriptions of locations.

“At the end of the voyage, there will be a podcast entitled ‘Economy and Future Prospects’, where we take up general environmental issues, including the Polar Code.

Stena claimed that the company had extensive knowledge of the tough environment in the north and knows how to navigate safely through ice-covered waters. To maintain its leading position in safe transportation at sea, every year the company invests large sums in developing the necessary routines. Well-equipped vessels together with highly experienced crews are the only way to master Arctic conditions.

“One of the objectives of this special voyage through the Northeast Passage is to transfer operational and technical experience from Stena to Hyundai Glovis. Accordingly, the focus is mainly on the experience we have gathered during all the years we have been operating in the icy conditions in the Northeast Passage”, said Erik Hånell, president & CEO of Stena Bulk.

See the ongoing report at where blogs, podcasts, photos and films from the voyage will be found.


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