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Vast Increase Shipping Northern SeaRoute

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order for the development of the Northern Sea Route through the Arctic. The aim is to increase capacity from the current 4 million to 80 million tons in the next 15 years. “This is the shortest route connecting Europe with the Far East, with the Asia-Pacific and the Western part of North America,” the prime minister said Monday… It reduces the transport time from China to Europe by at least 12 days compared to the traditional Suez Canal route… the process of global warming had notably accelerated by the end of the 20th century, which gave vessels an opportunity to sail through the Northern Sea Route all year round with the help of icebreakers.

[rt.com] – Russian PM orders plan to increase Northern Sea Route capacity by 20 times

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