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Council of Arctic Shipping Participants along the Northern Sea Route
6 September 2022
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Development of NSR should be planned decades ahead

In broad strokes, we set three tasks for ourselves... It is necessary to create comfortable conditions for our shippers, who are mainly subsoil users, for decades to come. This is exactly the kind of planning timeframe we need. You know very well how long it takes to build an icebreaker, how long it has to run – and it has to be economically viable. Therefore, all programmes and projects related to the development of the icebreaker fleet should be discussed at this table and we should have your approval — Alexey Likhachev, Director General, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

Issues related to the maritime traffic and navigation along the NSR (Northern Sea Route – Ed.) are extremely important. First, we need to make the new law related to the powers of Rosatom work. <...> it is very important not to simply write the legislative norms – we need comfortable conditions for implementation of those norms. In most cases it should be digital, single window format. We have already managed to accomplish a few things. Particularly, we have almost halved the time it takes to issue approvals, plus as of next year we will start collecting applications and issuing approvals through the single window on the Gosuslugi portal — Alexey Likhachev, Director General, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

NSR development should stay on schedule regardless of arising challenges

We see almost 2 trillion rubles a year invested in projects where long-term economic model depends on ensuring year-round navigation on the NSR <...>. And when we look at those cargo flow plans <...> we understand that we have no room for error. This is related to this year’s very important decision of the Government of the Russian Federation to consolidate powers for organizing navigation on the NSR in Rosatom. The President [of Russia Vladimir Putin] at the meeting on the Arctic development explicitly said that timeframe should not be shifted to the right. He underscored that the announced business plans on cargo transportation should be implemented in time, regardless of new challenges that our industry and transport industry face – given those challenges include import substitution, technological sovereignty, the launch of new technologies and industrial products — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

Arctic needs standardized environmental guidelines

At present, the marine ecosystem along the NSR is in its normal state. Transit and coastal shipping currently have no serious impact on it. In order to control the environmental safety of navigation, eco monitoring should be continued. In 2022 we aim to refine and develop the Environmental Monitoring Framework Programme, created during the first phase. All of this together will make it possible to set standards for environmental support of logistical and economic activities in the Arctic, to quickly assess the situation, and make decisions. This is an important task. It will allow us to create a national instrument for controlling environmental safety that is based both on Russian legislation and international law — Nikolay Shabalin, Executive Director, Marine Research Center at Moscow State University (MRC LMSU).

ISSUES
The demand for Arctic-class vessels exceeds shipbuilding capabilities

The need for Arctic shipbuilding is much higher than domestic capabilities. According to our calculations, 132 ships are required to implement all Arctic projects. Only 45 are active now, 32 are under construction and 55 are still pending <...>. We need to start serious work on new approaches to icebreaking and new tariffs — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

Limited capabilities for ice condition predictions and environmental monitoring

In order to guarantee cargo delivery in the Arctic, it is critical to choose the optimal route that takes into account both the current and the forecasted ice conditions. To do this, we will need satellite images from domestic remote-sensing satellites. At the moment only foreign images from open sources are available in radar range. Such images are not enough, they very rarely cover the most difficult areas of the NSR. A constellation of Russian remote-sensing satellites operating in optical infrared and radar bands is required, providing the necessary resolution of images — Evgeniy Ambrosov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, NOVATEK.

The environmental monitoring along the NSR last year was focused either on individual components, or on individual licensed areas, but was departmentally fragmented anyway. An integral unified assessment of the NSR as a single infrastructure project – and this is a huge and very important infrastructure project – was absent. Lack of public data allowed criticizing the project. It was accused of being environmentally unsafe and risky. Our mission in general is to scientifically substantiate our approaches to environmental safety using the best scientific practices of the Russian experts and the international community — Nikolay Shabalin, Executive Director, Marine Research Center at Moscow State University (MRC LMSU).

SOLUTIONS
Development of monitoring services will allow to improve the quality of forecasts

The main metric of our work is the feasibility of automated ice forecasts. By the end of 2024, if funding is maintained, it will be at least 90% online. The quality of forecasts is determined by the quality of raw data. That is why it is necessary to develop the infrastructure of the monitoring network, modernize the coastal network, install hydrometeorological buoys and equip ships with onboard measurement systems. And, of course, we need to develop the space component... In total we plan to purchase and install 68 [drifting hydrometeorological] buoys by the end of 2024 — Dmitry Zaitsev, Deputy Head of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

Today, the Arktika-M1 hydrometeorological satellite is in operation on the Earth’s orbit. By the end of 2023 it is planned to launch four more satellites of Condor, Obzor, and Arktika-M2 types. Apart from high quality of the received data, the launch of the satellites will reduce the dependence on the foreign suppliers. Seven more satellites will provide stable functioning of the constellation till 2035 — Dmitry Zaitsev, Deputy Head of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

This year we are launching new [digital] services. These include pollution control, integral vessel load calculation, disturbance factor determination, and calculation of the carbon footprint of all vessels in the NSR water area. We are in close dialogue with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Rosatom on this project. Expeditionary work along the NSR continues in the same scope. Stations are positioned along the NSR, taking into account the opinions of the expert community. We move away from the concept of episodic monitoring — Nikolay Shabalin, Executive Director, Marine Research Center at Moscow State University (MRC LMSU).

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS