World's Biggest Shipping Firm To Test Route Through Russian Arctic
August 23, 2018
The world's biggest shipping firm
says it is preparing to send a cargo vessel through the Russian Arctic
for the first time – a voyage made possible by melting sea ice.
von Spalding, a spokeswoman for Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on
August 23 that the newly designed vessel would embark on "a one-off
trial designed to explore an unknown route for container shipping."
Von Spalding said the ship will leave Russia's Pacific port city of
Vladivostok around September 1 and was due to arrive in St. Petersburg
by the end of September.
Experts say the Northern Sea Route could be a shorter journey from East
Asia to Europe than the Northwest Passage over Canada because it will
likely be free of ice sooner in the year due to climate change.
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