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Transit traffic dives deep on northern sea route

Russia’s ministry of transport reported that the volume of transit freight traffic on Russia’s northern sea route plunged to 0.274 million t in 2014, less than a quarter of the 1.176 million t that were carried on that trade lane in 2013. In 2013, 37 transit voyages, including 25 by vessels flying foreign flags, were recorded; this number fell to 23 transit voyages including six by foreign ships in 2014.


In 2014, the total amount of cargo traffic along the NSR climbed by 31.6%, year-on-year, to 3.7 million t, including 2.51 million t of general cargo (a 1.5-fold increase), 230,200 t of coal (-45%, year-on-year), 80,800 t of ore (a 2.4-fold rise), 757,100 t of oil products (+24.9%) and 124,600 t of gas condensate (-1.4%).


Despite the current decline, the outlook for sending transit traffic along Russia’s northern coastline is still rated as positive by the Russian ministry of transport and the majority of the country’s transport experts. Global warming, shorter transport times and the growing interests of countries in the Asia Pacific region are likely to act as important grow drivers in future. (ku)




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