According to traffic data provided by the FSBI Administration of the Northern Sea Route of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, as of September 30, 2021, the volume of transit cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) amounted to more than 1.440 million tons. This is almost 160 thousand tons more than in the entire 2020, when 1.280 million tons were transported.
The bulk of the cargo consisted of iron concentrate and coal transported through the NSR in the eastern direction. Most of the voyages of cargo ships were made under the flags of China (12 voyages), Portugal (10), Liberia (9), Marshall Islands (8). Container transportation was performed by three voyages, in which a little more than 22 thousand tons of cargo was transported.
“In accordance with the passport of the federal project “Development of the Northern Sea Route” by the end of 2021, it is necessary to achieve the target of 31 million tons. In total, at the moment, the total cargo turnover along the NSR amounted to more than 24.2 million tons, - said Vyacheslav Ruksha, deputy general director, director of the directorate of the NSR of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. This is 1 million ton more than in the same period last year. Based upon the observed dynamics of cargo transportation, the target indicator should be exceeded."
Let us recall that according to the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation, by 2024 the volume of traffic along the Northern Sea Route shall be increased to 80 million tons per year. The strategic task is to form a year-round international transport corridor on the basis of the Northern Sea Route, which will make it possible to realize advantages in the distance and timing of cargo transportation between Asia and Europe, as well as to connect the North-Western and Far Eastern regions of the Russian Federation by sea, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in the subjects of the Arctic areas of the Russian Federation and the implementation of ambitious investment projects in the Russian Arctic.