In 2021, cargo traffic in the waters of the Northern Sea Route amounted to 34.9 million tons, exceeding the target of 31 million tons, Deputy Prime Minister, Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). NOVATEK, Rosneft, Norilsk Nickel and Severnaya Zvezda signed agreements to ensure cargo traffic in 2024.
Mr. Trutnev told Interfax that now the volume of traffic along the Northern Sea Route is less than 3% of the volume of traffic on the Suez Canal. He called climate the main reason for this indicator. According to the deputy chairman of the government, in recent years, “warming is slightly pushing the temporary navigation corridor” along the Northern Sea Route, but “so far this period is limited,” and Russia needs as many icebreakers as possible. In addition, we need stable communications throughout the route, meteorological support, assistance points, bunkering, as well as airports and railways that will approach the ports, he said.
“As for the immediate prospects, the figures for the traffic (along the Northern Sea Route.— “b”) of 80 million tons in 2024 are confirmed by agreements between Rosatom, the operator of the Northern Sea Route, and companies. There are four key carriers: NOVATEK, Rosneft, Norilsk Nickel and Severnaya Zvezda. Since the obligations are fixed, the companies understand the full level of responsibility, then the government also has no doubts about achieving the designated goals,” said Yuri Trutnev.
As Kommersant found out, Rosatom managed to obtain additional funding for the development of the infrastructure of the Northern Sea Route. The government instructed to allocate 118 billion rubles from the budget until 2030. for the construction of two more nuclear icebreakers, as well as 25 billion rubles. on a nuclear-technological support vessel. About 7 billion rubles. will be directed to the construction of the ports “Bukhta Sever” and “Northern Star”. Financing will allow year-round transportation of goods in the east direction, which, according to analysts, will be the most promising against the backdrop of sanctions.
Details – in the publication “Kommersant” “Northern Sea Route will be forced by icebreakers.”
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