Prospects for the Northern Sea Route Development

This article explores the prospects for the development of the Northern Sea Route, defined as the maritime area between the Cape Zhelaniya (at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago) and the Bering Strait, along the north coast of the Russian Federation. The authors discuss the physical components of the Northern Sea Route and the increasing number of vessels that are using that route for cargo shipping, noting that the route saves a significant amount of time for transporting goods from North Europe to East Asia. The authors summarize trends of the world and regional economy that are influencing the NSR development and shaping its prospects to become a significant maritime trade route. The authors conclude that the commercial viability of the NSR is increasing, but unevenly so across different transportation modes. Factors such as climate change, weather, and seasonal changes must also be taken into consideration for any long-term evaluation.

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  • Authors:
    • Makarov, Igor A
    • Sokolova, Anna K
    • Stepanov, Ilya A
  • Publication Date: 2015-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01605138
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2016 2:27PM