Cargo Traffic via Northern Sea Route Reaches Record 35m Tonnes


Photo: social media platform VK [VKontakte]

The cargo traffic via the Northern Sea Route has reached a record 35 million tonnes since the start of 2023, Rosatom's division managing the Russian icebreaker fleet, the Atomflot Company, reported on Thursday.

As of December 21, a new record of cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route in the modern history of Russia was recorded - 35 million tonnes of cargo were transported (meanwhile, in 2022, this figure totalled 34.117 million tonnes), the statement read.

The previous record was set two years ago. In 2021, 34.9 million tonnes of cargo were transported along Russia's Northern Sea Route (NSR).

Until the end of the year, we plan to transport 100,000 tonnes every day, and the Northern Sea Route's cargo traffic will reach 36 million tonnes, Rosatom State Corporation's special representative for Arctic development said.

In 2018, Rosatom was appointed as an operator of the Northern Sea Route infrastructure.

The Northern Sea Route is a shipping route and the main sea line in the Russian Arctic sector. It stretches along the northern coasts of Russia across the seas of the Arctic Ocean. The route consolidates the European and Far Eastern ports of Russia and navigable river mouths in Siberia into a single transport system. The route’s length is 5,600 km from the Kara Strait to Providence Bay.

The distance from the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to the port of Yokohama in Japan (which is a southern channel via the Suez Canal) is 11,205 nautical miles, or 7345 nautical miles when using the NSR. Besides, the NSR shortens the distance from Rotterdam to Shanghai by 2,449 nautical miles.