Japan, Korea and China are interested in the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). According to TASS, this was reported by the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Federation, Alexei Chekunkov.
"Communication with foreign partners <...> confirms the high interest of the largest Asian countries - participants in world maritime trade - Japan, Korea, China - in this direction (in the development of the Northern Sea Route), including in connection with the energy transition and the environmental agenda. New nuclear icebreakers are being created within the NSR, new ice-class vessels powered by LNG cause a high interest of potential Asian partners in this route," he said at an expanded meeting of the Federation Council committee, where they discussed the implementation of the development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.
According to the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, the NSR will become an international, competitive transport corridor when a regular container line appears, which will run according to a previously known schedule with projected rates.
Before that Chekunkov reported that the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom have prepared a project for regular transportation along the NSR using the nuclear-powered lighter carrier Sevmorput in the amount of minimum three round voyages a year starting from June 2022.
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