Russia’s Novatek has loaded the first cargo from the Yamal LNG facility in northern Russia aboard the Vladimir Rusanov — the fifth specialized icebreaker vessel to enter service since the plant began operations in early December. * Total of 18 spot cargoes already loaded from Russian plant * Trend for transshipment, though cargoes also staying in Europe * Novatek icebreaker fleet set to total 15 by 2020 According to cFlow, S&P Global Platts Analytics trade flow software, the Vladimir Rusanov departed the port of Sabetta early Thursday, with the captain showing the Dutch import terminal of Gate as its destination. A total of 18 cargoes of LNG have now been loaded from Yamal LNG — more than it had originally expected — ahead of the startup of exports under the string of long-term contracts it has signed with international LNG players. Novatek had scheduled to export three cargoes in […]