The Northern Sea Route project — its specifications are approved, the funding is determined, and the implementation schedule is developed. The total demand for fleet, including icebreakers, transport and support vessels, for complete implementation of the project is about 150 vessels, 50 of which are functioning — Yuriy Tsvetkov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Head, The Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport.
It’s not only all-year-round trans-shipment of loose and liquid cargoes that’s important for us. We are concerned about drilling platforms, about their current shortage. We need to build both drilling platforms and ice-resistant platforms, either near-fault or semi-submersible platforms. This challenge is being transferred to the shipbuilding industry — Kirill Molodtsov, Aide to the Chief of Staff, Presidential Executive Office .
In 2018, mineral resource products accounted for 96% of the Northern Sea Route [workload], it is not going to change by 2024. According to the Ministry of Environment, hydrocarbons will make more that 70 million tonnes, and oil and gas production companies claim that the turnovers may dramatically increase. Shipment of these products will require reliable fleet. The shipbuilding industry has a great potential within the Arctic development strategy for dozens of years — Olga Surikova, Head of Far East Practice, KPMG in Russia and the CIS.