Under the guise of a joke, the Russian company Rosatom offered Koilisväylä as an alternative when the Suez Canal was blocked.
With the blockage of the Suez Canal, Russia has started to market the Northeast Passage as an alternative shipping route, says AFP. Koilisväylällä means the Russian north side in arctic waters passing route of travel.
Under the guise of a joke, the Russian company Rosatom, which is responsible for the Koilisväylä’s infrastructure, offered Koilisväylä as an alternative after the Ever Land ship’s Tuesday landing was blocked by the central Suez Canal. The company offered to send icebreakers for help if a ship got stuck on the Koilisväylä.
President Vladimir Putin has put the Arctic at the heart of the country ‘s strategy and the country’ s fleet has long been equipped with icebreakers and ice tankers. According to the Russian diplomat, the blockage of the Suez Canal emphasizes the importance of the Northeast Passage.
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– It is necessary to develop alternative routes for the Suez Canal in order to minimize the risks of shipping. The importance of the Northeast Passage will grow in both the short and long term, said the diplomat for Arctic cooperation in Russia Nikolai Korchunov news agency Interfax.
The journey via the Northeast Passage to Asian ports is estimated to be 15 days shorter than via Suez. However, the route will be out of service every year from November onwards due to ice, but climate change is expected to weaken the ice cover of the sea area.
Source site www.is.fi