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03 / 11 / 2020

Russia's Siberian Waters See Record Ship Traffic

Russia's Siberian Waters See Record Ship Traffic as Ice Melt Accelerates

The Northern Sea Route is becoming a highway to move Russia’s oil and natural gas exports.

The Arctic has gone through its warmest summer on record, and with the ice melting, more ships than ever are sailing along Russia’s Siberian coast, underscoring its role as a growing energy transport corridor and potential as a new ocean trade route.

The Northern Sea Route, which runs from Alaska to the Baltic Sea, counted 71 vessels and 935 sailings across the waterway from January to June this year, according to the NSR information office.