Cargo volumes on the Northern Sea Route has grown by 3.5% since the beginning of the year
Cargo transportations along the Northern Sea Route in January-September 2021 have amounted to 24.22 million tons, which is 3.5% more than in the same period last year. That was reported by Rosmorrechflot with the reference to the NSR Administration.
The number includes transits that have shown double growth compared to last year and amounted to 1.37 million tons.
LNG and gas condensate account for 60% of the total cargo volume.
It is noted that with the appearance of the new and young types of ice, the annual processes of ice formation began in the polar regions of the NSR water area. Ice massifs have remained around the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, in the Boris Vilkitskiy and Long Straits, as well as on the approaches to them.
Other recommended routes of the NSR are free from ice.
There is an iceberg threat near Cape Zhelaniya, in the Vilkitskiy Strait and on the approaches to it.
The icebreaker fleet did not work in the Northern Sea Route waters in September.
1052 permissions for navigation in the water area of the Northern sea route have been issued in the report period that is 15.3% more than in the same period of 2020. There are 144 vessels under foreign flag (2 permits less than in 2020) in the total number.