Monday, October 26, 2015

Arctic shipping routes (Northern Sea Route)

Shipping experts are considering routine navigation through Arctic waters to link China and Europe, a shortcut to bypass the route that passes through the Malacca Strait and Suez Canal.

In October 2015, the Chinese vessel Yong Sheng finished a record-setting round trip from Europe to north China by sailing through the Arctic waters of the Northeast Passage and docking at Tianjin Port.

The cargo ship operated by China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO), the country's top shipping line, is the first Chinese merchant ship to sail from Europe to China via the Northeast Passage, an icy path north of Russia and Scandinavia.

Many experts expect the Arctic passage to become the next "golden waterway" for trade between China and Europe, according to a seminar held last week in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

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