Russia’s Yamal LNG has received the last of its 15 Ice Class tankers built specifically for the Liquefied Natural Gas Export Project, Kallanish Energy learns from operator Novatek.

The Yakov Gakkel Arc7 tanker has loaded the 354th LNG cargo in the port of Sabetta, bound for China.

It completes the Yamal LNG fleet, enabling the project to ship production of its current three trains, as well as the planned fourth train

Novatek said the fleet “creates additional opportunities from 2020 for optimising the project’s logistics both westbound and eastbound, including the more extensive use of the Northern Sea Route.”

The Special LNG Carriers support year around navigation without any Icebreaker assistance. The LNG powered vessels each can hold around 170,000 Cubic meters of LNG.

The 17.4 million tonnes per sdannum liquefaction project is owned by Novatek (50.1%), Total (20%), CNPC (20%) and the Silk Fund Road (9.9%).