Ever since my first IMarEST conference on Arctic Shipping just over ten years ago, I have devoted a lot on this issue in forms of articles and now herein with more articles as well as mentionings/references in various live interviews, particularly with SBC TV. A lucrative market needs to be balanced and many geopolitical issues and, particularly the Middle Eastern one, which has nothing to do with Israelis and Palestinians, might be eased.
The Panamanian flag m/v Atmoda is Laskaridis Shipping first 2013 North Sea Route (NSR) transiting vessel on a westbound passage from Pacific Far East (South Korea) to North Atlantic (Greenland). This was Laskaridis Shipping earliest NSR transit, commencing in Cape Dezhnev in Bering Strait (NSR East entry/exit) on the 27th of July 2013.
July transits are usually more challenging due to ice presence. Atomic icebreakers of FSUE Atomflot (aka Rosatomflot) are creating the required navigational passages in key points of the NSR at present. Three atomic powered icebreakers are being employed for the NSR; Taymyr, Vaygach and Yamal.
One can view all information on NSR activities, applications, permissions and other relevant info from the NSR Administration – Russian Ministry of Transport site: www.nsra.ru
Moreover, one may view Rosatomflot’s ice breaker fleet info from their site : www.rosatomflot.ru
Thanks to my good old friend, compatriot and former colleague in the good old days in Ascot’s Coworth Park, we can present a few pictures. Watch this space!