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Arctic Seminar Series: Future Development of the Northern Sea Route

Bjørn Gunnarsson from the Centre for High North Logistics visits ARC

2016.01.29 | Susanna Pakkasmaa

Date Thu 17 Mar
Time 14:00 15:00
Location ARC, Ny Munkegade 114, Building 1540, meeting room 1540-020. Roskilde P1.16.

Last year, the Russian government released the Russia’s Integrated Development Plan for the Northern Sea Route 2015-2030. The plan stresses the importance of providing safer and more reliable navigation on Northern Sear Route (NSR) for maritime export of Russian natural resources but also the strategic importance of NSR for Russian national security. The plan is to increase international transit cargo transportation on NSR in partnership with Asian countries and in particular with China.

A substantial part of the Arctic hydrocarbon resources are located in NW Russia and offshore in the Barents and Kara seas. Current and future development of this resource base is the main driver for increased shipping on the NSR. In 2015 a total of 5.4 million tons of goods and cargo were transported on the NSR, and the cargo flow is expected to increase. If all the planned energy projects come through then transport volumes on the NSR could reach 100 million tons per year by 2030.

But what are long-term prospects for the NSR to develop not only into Russian-Asia and Russia-Europe maritime trade routes but into an international trade route between the North-Atlantic and the North-Pacific?

The Centre for High North Logistics is an international knowledge hub on Arctic transport and logistics for businesses, research institutions and public authorities.

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