The Yamal LNG Project in Russia involves a number of challenges; besides those of building a liquefaction plant in the Arctic Circle, along with a port accessible all year round for exporting the LNG production, the very issue of marine export - to ensure safe and reliable transportation at optimized costs - hinges on the development of Arctic LNG Carriers capable of breaking ice themselves with no assistance from ice-breakers. This paper addresses some of the preliminary steps and the stages of development of the final solution: the Arctic ice-breaking LNG Carrier.

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