In October, there is a decline in shipping traffic, due to deterioration in ice conditions on the NSR. Nevertheless, in October 2019 there were more ships operating (172) and more voyages (348) were completed than in October 2018 – 139 and 261, respectively.
The difference between the number of voyages went from NSR ports and number of voyages arriving at the ports of the Northern Sea Route is also noticeable. Thus, 98 voyages were made to the NSR ports (green track color on the map) and 154 voyages were made in the opposite direction (pink track color on the map). Also in October traffic between the ports located on the NSR was still preserved: 91 voyages were completed (red track color on the map).
There were 5 transits in October 2019.
Two voyages were inside the waters of Russia:
from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to St. Petersburg (reefer ship Crown Sapphire /passed the NSR in 5.2 days) and from Arkhangelsk to Beringovsky (tanker Svyatoy Peter /passed the NSR in 10.6 days).
3 vessels went from west to east:
tanker Mendleev Prospect from Primorsk (Russia) to Tianjin (China) / passed the NSR in 7.7 days, general cargo vessel Nordic Svalbard from Rosyth (UK) to Vostochnyy (Russia), /spent 6 days passing the NSR, and bulk carrier Nordic Oshima from Nunavut (Canada) to Bayuquan (China)/ passed the NSR in 7 days.