Cargo shipping in Russia’s Northern Sea Route has increased about five times since 2013, Aleksandr Kalashnikov, the department head at the Northern Sea Route Administration, reported.
In fact, a total of 13 million tons of cargo has been transported through the route until October 1. This is a major increase compared to the just 3 million tons that were shipped in 2013. In addition, the full year figure is expected to reach as much as 17 million tons.
More and more ships are choosing the Northern Sea Route. Recently, Maersk launched the first ever container ship, ‘Venta Maersk’, on an Arctic route.
Furthermore, the Cosco owned cargo ship ‘Tian En’ sailed out of the Arctic Circle.
Additionally, ‘Christophe de Margerie’, broke a big record; the vessel covered 2,360 nautical miles, from the port of Sabetta to Cape Dezhnev, in seven days and 17 hours.
Lastly, ESL Shipping received the bulk carrier ‘Viikki’ on September 4, which is LNG-fueled. ‘Vikki’ and its sister ship ‘Haaga’, will travel to the Baltic Sea via the NSR