Date: 5 months ago   Category: Transport

WP: The Northern Sea Route can become for Russia own Suez Canal — Rambler News Service


Photo: Vitaly Ankov/RIA Novosti can lead Thawing of the Arctic ices to the fact that the Northern Sea Route will become an alternative to the Suez Canal in a question of shipping, The Washington Post writes. The edition gives a route from South Korea to Germany as an example. So, the way through the Cape of Good Hope on average takes 46 days, on the same transition through Suez Canal 34 days whereas transition across the Northern Sea Route takes only 23 days will be required. Thanks to thawing of the Arctic ices navigation across the Northern Sea Route became possible during the period from July to October. For the last decade, according to NASA, the level of the Arctic ice was reduced by 13,4%. The edition notes that Russia, China and business firms lay great hopes on the Northern Sea Route which can become a seasonal alternative to Suez Canal, allowing to reduce time of transition and expenses on fuel. One more advantage of the Northern Sea Route the edition calls absence "turns and pirates". According to the edition, thawing of the Arctic ices can bring "benefit" to Russia as the most part of the Northern Sea Route lies in an exclusive economic zone of Russia, and any vessels which will decide to use transition will have to request permission to his implementation. At the same time this transition can be dangerous, writes the edition, in particular, due to low population of the territory.

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