According to the Russian media reports; Gingo, the first capsize ship and bulk carrier sail the Northern Sea Route, Solely a non-ice strengthened tanker carrying out a transit presently marking another first.
Departure of Gingo from Port of Murmansk on the 13-day eastbound voyage to China conveying 164,600 metrics tons of iron ore concentrate, which shows the largest single cargo to be transported via NSR. Two Atomflot icebreakers accompanied the ship.
Warmer winter and longer navigation seasons has caused ship traffic along the Russian controlled Northern Sea Route compelling Russia to consider conducting a year round navigation through the route?
Frieght traffic along the NSR has increased from 4 million tons in 2014 to 34 million tons in 2022 said Russian Minister for the Development of Russian Far East and Artic, having become the major transport corridor for the export of oil, LNG, mineral fertilizers, metals and other products. Russia intend increasing the capacity of the NSR up to 100 million tons by 2026 as well 200 million tonnes by 2030.
Based on a report by High North News indicating a related event as Russia sent a non- ice class Afrimax oil tanker, the Leonid Loza voyage through the Northern Sea Route from Murmansk to Ningbo, China. As Russia seeks to boost crude oil shipments to China. The voyage indicates the first time a conventional oil tanker will use the Arctic route, referring it as a “watershed” moment for shipping through the Arctic.
Aker Arctic, a leading builder of icebreakers wrote and published to “X” saying “Even in this day and age, a fully-laden crude oil tanker is probably the last type of ship that should be sent through the Northern Sea Route without any ice-strengthening,” Aker Arctic wrote in a post published“