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Cargo volume on the Northern Sea Route wants to increase to 120 million tons
The volume of cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route will amount to 2024 mln tons in 80, and may reach 2030 mln tons by 120. This was at a parliamentary hearing in the Federation Council on the draft Strategy for the development of the Arctic zone of Russia until 2035, said Deputy Minister for Development of the Far East Alexander Krutikov.
“In the next decade, the volume of cargo transportation via the NSR will be almost completely formed at the expense of Russian shippers. But it is precisely the satisfaction of their need for icebreakers, navigation and communications, security that will create the basis for year-round passage of vessels at a commercial speed. And this is the most necessary condition for switching international cargoes to the NSR, ”said Alexander Krutikov.
According to him, the cost of passing goods along the Northern Sea Route due to state support should be slightly lower than the cost of the southern route, at least in the early years. In the Strategy for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation until the 2035 of the year, the Ministry for Eastern Development introduces the concept of the Northern Sea Transport Corridor - all transport communication from Murmansk to Kamchatka. According to Alexander Krutikov, the functions of a single operator of the Northern Sea Route should extend to this corridor.
Now transporting goods through the Northern Sea Route is more expensive for carriers than a similar route through the Suez Canal. To make the way through the Arctic more popular, Russia is ready offset part of the costs.
Earlier, Rosatom announced its intention make the Northern Sea Route a competitor to Russian Railways on the export of fish from the Far East. For this they want to use the Sevmorput lighter carrier.