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The Northern Sea Route: Quicker, Safer, and More Efficient
6 September 2022
12:30—14:00
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Russia has made great strides in developing the Northern Sea Route over the past few years

On the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a long-term plan was adopted for the development of the Northern Sea Route through to 2035. The essential document envisages 152 measures worth a total of 1.8 trillion rubles. By 2035, according to the plan, we must create an infrastructure that can ensure the safety of navigation in all parts of the water area, and ensure the eastern direction of the Northern Sea Route in year-round navigation. This is a huge breakthrough. Today, 34–35 million tonnes of freight are transported along the NSR. In the best Soviet times, it used to be no more than 6 million tonnes. <...> The NSR is becoming the most powerful transport artery for the country — Gadzhimagomed Guseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

In 2021, we discussed an ultra-late voyage along the eastern part of the Northern Sea Route, and we used the word ‘experimental’. For successfully carrying out these voyages, the crews were presented with state awards. And now we are already talking about year-round navigation as something of a given. <...> Can we say that we know much more about the ice layer and forecasting than we did yesterday? Definitely yes — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

In the current geopolitical situation, the volume of freight traffic in the Arctic will grow steadily

Will the Arctic cargo market grow? Definitely yes, it will grow. That is, there are already projects that are making very serious investments...in varying stages of readiness, and in one way or another, will implement their plans with the help of the Northern Sea Route. Do the events of February still have an impact on the development of the Northern Sea Route? Only in terms of acceleration — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

Despite the current geopolitical situation... the volume of traffic to date has not declined at all compared to the same period last year. Instead, on the contrary, it is [by] about 3–6% higher than last year. <...> According to the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, by 2024 we must ensure at least 80 million tonnes of cargo through the NSR, and by 2030 the target is at least 150 million tonnes. According to our plan, even more ambitious goals are to be achieved. 90 million tonnes by 2024, and more than 200 million tonnes by 2030 will be transported along the NSR. This is a revolution on a global scale — Gadzhimagomed Guseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

ISSUES
Lack of appropriate infrastructure and need for more icebreakers to ensure regular year-round navigation on the NSR

The main core infrastructure has yet to be built — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

We just need six icebreakers to start year-round navigation along the Northern Sea Route — Evgeniy Ambrosov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, NOVATEK.

SOLUTIONS
Establish close cooperation between business and government, jointly build icebreakers for the Arctic and ensure sustainable operation of the NSR

We have really good competencies, and we have an excellent site for building nuclear-powered icebreakers. It is the Baltic Shipyard. But there are also other sites for building non-nuclear icebreakers. <...> We have, for example, 32 ice class ships under contract, of which 25 are being built at Zvezda and seven in South Korea. But, we have a prospective need for another 71. Here it is necessary for us as industry supervisors to firstly understand exactly how many vessels will be built and the stages of this construction. This is to ensure a stable work plan for the shipyards so that everything can be done on time — Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Our task, it seems, is to unite our efforts through 2035. This includes the creation of a new shipyard, which will allow us to create, first of all, an icebreaker fleet, a cargo fleet and all the necessary infrastructure — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.

The most important thing for us at the Far-Eastern Shipping Company is support in our efforts to create, increase the fleet, and increase capacity. We are working closely with the state authorities and administration, with the state corporation [ROSATOM – Ed.] — Andrey Severilov, Chairman of the Board, Far-Eastern Shipping Company.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS