As of December 17, 2021, 92 ships passed through the NSR. 13 of them are under the Russian flag and 79 under foreign ones. It is reported in the certificate on the monitoring of shipments using the Northern Sea Route, as well as the world markets for shipping and logistics services posted on the website of the Public Council of the Northern Sea Route. The transit cargo traffic along the NSR amounted to more than 2 million tons, which is 59% higher than the same indicator in 2020.
International transit traffic along the NSR in 2021 is characterized by the predominance of raw materials (iron ore concentrate, timber and coal) in an easterly direction. General cargoes, including containerized ones, are mainly transported in the western direction. About 1.4 million tons of iron ore and concentrate were transported. The largest transit ship that has passed along the NSR to date is a fully loaded dry cargo vessel of 118 thousand tons. In 2020, it was an oil tanker of 105 thousand tons.
Among foreigners in 2021, most of the voyages were performed by the ships of German shipping companies - 22 in the east and west directions for the transportation of general cargo, including containers, as well as coal and iron ore concentrate from west to east. Norwegian and Swiss companies made 18 voyages with vessels of up to 80,000 tons deadweight, of which 10 from Murmansk and 1 from Canada to ports in China with iron ore concentrate. Chinese companies performed 14 voyages in the eastern and western directions for the transportation of general cargo, including containers. Dutch vessels made 6 voyages in the east and west directions for the transportation of general cargo, including containers.
For more information, follow the link 20211217 Monitoring of the Northern Sea Route Shipping Global Maritime Shipping and Logistics Services_0.pdf (arcticway.info)
Let us recall that the Public Council of the Northern Sea Route was formed in 2019 at the initiative of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, as a single infrastructure operator of the Northern Sea Route. The main purpose of the Council's activities is to prepare recommendations and form expert opinions for making decisions in the development of the Northern Sea Route, developing effective interaction between ROSATOM State Corporation with relevant heads of federal executive bodies, senators and deputies of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, governors of the constituent to the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, representatives of big business implementing their projects in the Arctic, public organizations, the media, scientists, as well as representatives of foreign states interested in developing the potential of the NSR.