Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd announced that on January 26, it agreed to participate in cargo transport for the Arctic LNG 2 Project on Russia’s Gydan Peninsula, and signed, through an MOL subsidiary, a charter contract for a newbuilding ice-breaking tanker with the project company, whose largest shareholder is Russia-based PAO NOVATEK. The vessel will be constructed at Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited, (which is a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited and is slated for delivery in 2024. This contract follows the October 2020 signing of charter contracts for three ice-breaking LNG vessels to serve for the same project. The vessel will transport condensate from the LNG/condensate plant inside the Arctic Circle on the Gydan Peninsula, mainly to Europe (westbound) via the Northern Sea Route.Ice-breaking tanker------------------------Main dimensions \tLength: 214m, Breadth: 34mCargo hold capacity \t54,800 m3Ice Class: Specifications \tRMRS ARC7Polar Service Temperature: -50 ºCIce breaking sailing capabilities \tMaximum icebreaking capacity:1.5m thick at ahead / 1.8m at astern with icebreaker bow structure and 2-shaft POD propellerShipyard \tGuangzhou Shipyard International Company LimitedMOL has operated three ice-breaking LNG carriers on the Northern Sea Route for the Yamal LNG Project since March 2018. In addition, three ice-breaking LNG carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 Project are scheduled to go into service in 2023.