At the end of March, the work of the Russian government continues so that the Northern Sea Route, which came to the forefront as an alternative route after a ship belonging to the Evergreen company was jammed transversely in the Suez Canal, can serve for 12 months.
Speaking to Rossiya 24 television, Yury Trutnev stated that 5 icebreakers are currently operating on this route, and this number will increase to 9 by 2026.
Stating that they will make the Northern Sea Route active throughout the year in 2022-2023, and that this will offer the opportunity to compete with the Suez Canal with a longer route, Trutnev said, “It is safe from real competition only when maritime activities are carried out throughout the year and by providing rescue, communication and internet in every part of the route. We can talk about that when the journey is provided,” he said.
In his statement at the beginning of April, Yury Trutnev said that in order to make the Northern Sea Route more attractive, they should make freight transport via this route cheaper compared to the Suez Canal.
“I think the whole world understood that it would be good to have a backup option. There is only one option, the Northern Sea Route. The Suez Canal is getting bigger in terms of the amount of cargo being transported, and the journey through this channel takes longer,” Trutnev said.
The ‘commercial winter expedition’ was organized for the first time in February.
Rosatom and its partner, Sovkomflot, organized a winter commercial cruise on the Northern Sea Route for the first time in February. The ship ‘Christophe de Margerie’, which set off from Jiangsu, China, arrived at Sabetta, where the LNG facility in Russia’s Yamal peninsula is located, together with the icebreaker ’50 Let Pobedy’.