“The final results on the volume of cargo transportation in the Northern Sea Route water area in 2021 have been summarized. It amounted to 34.85 million tons, ” said Maxim Kulinko, deputy director of the Northern Sea Route Directorate of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. This is almost 2 million tons more than in 2020, when 32.97 million tons were transported.
The data are confirmed by the FSBI "Administration of the Northern Sea Route", subordinate to Rosmorrechflot of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.
Let us recall that in 2016 the volume of cargo transportation along the NSR amounted to 7.47 million tons, for the first time exceeding the indicators achieved in the USSR, when 6.57 million tons were transported along the NSR in 1987. Since 2018, when Rosatom was assigned as the infrastructure operator of the NSR and the monitor of the federal project "Development of the Northern Sea Route", the freight traffic along the NSR has almost doubled.
In accordance with the passport of the federal project "Development of the Northern Sea Route" by the end of 2021, it was necessary to achieve the target of 32 million tons.
The purpose of the federal project "Development of the Northern Sea Route" is to create an infrastructure to increase cargo traffic to 80 million tons in 2024 and 110 million tons by 2030, as well as to increase the total capacity of seaports to 110 and 115 million tons, respectively. It is included in the Comprehensive Plan for the modernization and expansion of the main infrastructure for the period up to 2024, developed in accordance with the Decree of the President of Russia dated May 7, 2018 No. 204 "On National Goals and Strategic Objectives of the Development of the Russian Federation for the Period until 2024".