Global warming allows the first container ship cross Russia in the Arctic

  • Global warming allows the first container ship cross Russia in the Arctic
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    Danish shipping giant maersk will be the first company to send a commercial container ship from the Pacific to the North Atlantic via the Northern sea route, sailing through the Arctic.
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Danish shipping giant maersk will be the first company to send a commercial container ship from the Pacific to the North Atlantic via the Northern sea route, sailing through the Arctic.

The movement emphasizes the impact of global warming on Arctic ice.

Venta Maersk, ice-class vessel capable of carrying 3,600 cargo containers, due to sail from Vladivostok is definitely going to St. Petersburg by the end of September, publishing industry of the far North news.

He will carry a cargo of frozen fish. Maersk confirmed the report.

The so-called Northern sea route passes between the far Northern coast of Russia and the North pole.

You only need to constantly passable for several months of the year, and, now, the ships require expensive support of a nuclear-powered icebreaker, and it is not viable for the largest commercial container ships.

But he can shave a week of time, and in 2018 it was an unusually hot summer.

If successful, the opening of the new trade route will cut sailing time between Europe and the far East, potentially bypassing the Suez canal for some goods.

The waterway on the ice North of Canada’s Northwest passage, connecting the ports on the East coast of the United States to the Pacific ocean, also seen as an increasingly viable as the ice caps retreat.

CEO of maersk, Soren Skow previously confirmed plans to sail the Russian Northern sea route last year in an interview that after a meeting with Russian officials in November.

July 23 this year, Russia issued a permit for Venta maersk on the East/West sailing between September 1 and 20.

Sea ice around the North pole hangs in the thickest towards the end of winter in March and thaws to an annual minimum in September. Ice has decreased in recent decades, in a trend scientists link to climate change.

Chinese competitor Maersk, China ocean shipping company (COSCO), is also active in the region, including the introduction of five transit flights in the past year. The prospect of a regular container service sailing North of Russia is still far, experts say, but shipping companies often experience what they can do in the far North.

Earlier this year, the shipping company Teekay said one of its tankers loaded the first tanker of liquefied natural gas terminal in the Arctic, Russia and traveled in January to France, the first ship to make such a winter swimming without an icebreaker.

Winter sea ice in the Arctic ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, the U.S. National data center for snow and ice (nsidc) announced in March.

Thaw discoveries in the field of navigation and exploration of oil can disrupt weather far to the South, said the scientists.

2018 winter ice was about one million square kilometers – roughly the size of Egypt – below long-term average maximum, consistent with the data, the data show.

Still focused on the declining trend of Arctic sea ice in summer, which may affect weather far to the South. The researchers suspect the Arctic heat can break the high-altitude jet stream and send brief gusts of icy wind South – such as ‘beast from the East’.

(Additional reporting Reuters)

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