Northern Sea Route’s operator expects ‘breakthrough growth’ of cargo turnover in 2018-2019

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ST. PETERSBURG, December 5. /TASS/. The cargo turnover along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will have a “breakthrough growth” – to 18 million tonnes in 2018 and to 30 million tonnes in 2019, Rosatom’s Head of the NSR Development Department Maxim Kulinko said on Wednesday.

“All major operators of similar Arctic projects clearly have preferred to use the Northern Sea Route to export their products,” he told The Arctic: Present and Future forum. “This is seen in this year’s breakthrough growth of NSR’s cargo turnover – it is about 18 million tonnes already, and next year we expect it will reach 30 million tonnes.”

“[The cargo turnover] will consist of 18 million tonnes from Yamal’s projects, about 8.5 million tonnes from the Novoportovskoye deposit and 1.5 million tonnes from Nornickel,” he said, explaining the cargo structure, expected in 2019.

The Northern Sea Route is the main sea communication in the Russian Arctic. Russia’s Ministry of Transport has forecast the cargo turnover along it will grow by 2020 “tenfold” – to 65 million tonnes a year.

NSR crosses seas of the Arctic Ocean (Kara, Laptev, East Siberian and Chukchi Seas) and the Bering Sea of the Pacific Ocean. The Northern Sea Route is about 5,600km long. The distance from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok along NSR is about 14,000km (or about 23,000km along the Suez Canal).

The Arctic: Present and Future forum, organized by the Association of Polar Explorers, is underway in St. Petersburg from December 5 to December 7.

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