JRL NEWSWATCH: “There is no ice left on Northern Sea Route; But the number of ships that set course for the Arctic route still remains low” – Barents Observer (Norway)/ Atle Staalesen

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“The Arctic shortcut … connect[ing] Asia and Europe is open and ice-free … [S]hipping appears smooth … [even] for vessels without ice class standards. The last pieces of … [ice] vanished in mid-August … [T]he whole route now is free of ice. … includ[ing] the East Siberian Sea, … normally … [with] the longest-lasting white sheet. … August [to] October is peak season for Arctic shipments. But the number of ships in the area still remains low. … The vast majority of the ships are on the western part of the route … Of the vessels now sailing on the … long sea route are about 20 tankers …. The Northern Sea Route is top priority for the Kremlin ….”

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