Arctic Weekly Newsletter


🔹Houthi Attacks’ Influence on the Global Trade. Since mid-November 2023, the Houthis’ actions in the Red Sea have posed a serious challenge to the safety of international commercial shipping, forcing many shipping companies to seek alternative routes to transport cargo. Does cargo traffic along the NSR have a potential to grow, given current geopolitical situation in the Middle East?:

🔹Medical Centre to Serve the NSR to Be Opened in Russia’s Arctic.  An Arctic Medical Centre to serve the Northern Sea Route will be opened in Murmansk, Russia. Even today, sick sailors on the Northern Sea Route are not left without treatment. However, there is a problem of staff shortage. The establishment of onshore medical centres will allow medical personnel to be engaged on a rotational basis:

🔹 New Method of Searching for Hydrocarbon Deposits in the Arctic. A new method of predicting and exploration of hydrocarbon deposits on the Arctic shelf, the so-called Isotope Geochemistry Method, was established by scientists of the V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute, one of the oldest Russian research institutes. This method allows to identify the most promising areas for pre-exploration and further exploration drilling of oil and gas wells:

🔹 Fifth Project 22220 Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker to Be Laid Down. The 5th Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker will be laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russia on 26 January. The efficient operation of the Project 22220 vessels will be a determining factor in the sustainable development of shipping in the waters of the Northern Sea Route: