#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Russian president Vladimir Putin has set a goal to increase the volume of traffic along the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons per year by 2024. For implementation, the government adopted a plan for the development of the NSR until 2035, which includes more than 150 events.
Among them there are the icebreaker fleet expansion and modernization, the port infrastructure renewal, the safety and ships navigation provision, and the creation of an Arctic satellite constellation.
“In the current situation, when a significant part of cargo flows has turned to the east, the Northern Sea Route plays a strategic role for the development of the country’s economy: it can take part of the cargo from the Eastern range and thus improve economic results. The Northern Sea Route should become the second global transport corridor, taking part of the cargo from the Suez Canal, because it is much shorter”, said Yury Trutnev, presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, during a meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome on the creation of an Arctic satellite constellation for the safety of navigation along the Northern Sea Route.
According to the Roskosmos head Yury Borisov, “the importance of the Arctic zone for the national security of the Russian Federation is increasing every year”. The Arctic remains one of the globe’s largest regions, having, on the one hand, the potential to unite Europe and Southeast Asia, and, on the other hand, the territory with the lowest information security of transport operations:
“We are facing an ambitious and at the same time very interesting task – to create a comprehensive infrastructure for the Northern Sea Route”.
Earlier, This Is Taimyr reported about how warming affects navigation in the Arctic and why it is important for navigation in the North to study ice.
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Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov