Cargo transportation along Northern Sea Route grows despite hummocks and icebergs

Cargo transportation along Northern Sea Route grows despite hummocks and icebergs

February 08, 2021

In the first month of 2021, almost 2.6 million tons of cargo were transported along the NSR.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Cargo turnover along the Northern Sea Route in January amounted to about 2.6 million tons, which is 8.3 percent more than in the same period last year.

Icebreaking operations were carried out by diesel icebreakers Admiral Makarov and Krasin, as well as the nuclear-powered ships Taimyr, Yamal, Vaygach and 50 Let Pobedy. In the port of Sabetta, icebreaking support was carried out by the icebreakers Ob, Tor and St. Petersburg, in the port of Dudinka – by the icebreakers Dudinka and Avraamy Zavenyagin. In addition, Alexander Sannikov and Andrey Vilkitsky ice breakers ensured the safety of navigation operations at the Arctic oil offloading terminal of the Novoportovskoye field.

NSR cargo transportation growth

Last month, five permits for navigation in the water area of ​​the Northern Sea Route were issued to vessels running under a foreign flag. Six permits were issued a year earlier.

It is also reported that now the water area of ​​the Northern Sea Route is covered with consolidated one-year ice, on the recommended routes in the Gulf of Ob and on the approaches to it there are hummocks up to three or four points, the fields are overcrowded, the captains of the ships note periodic ice compression. At Cape Zhelaniya and on the approaches to the Boris Vilkitsky strait, an iceberg threat remains.

Cargo turnover along the Northern Sea Route in 2020 reached 32.97 million tons. For comparison: in 2019, this figure was 31.5 million tons.

Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo:

February 08, 2021

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