A special organization will be created for the development of the Northern Sea Route, said Minister for Development of Russian Far East Aleksandr Galushka at the meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev with Deputy Prime Minister of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Wang Yang, TASS reports.
"Measures to develop the Northern Sea Route are included in the state programs of Russia and its management and development will be handled by a specialized organization," the press service of the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East Aleksandr Galushka.
The minister has not yet specified the terms of establishment, the location of the organization and other details.
During the talks, the minister stressed that one of the key tasks now to improve the quality of cooperation with Chinese companies is the increase of vessels passing along the Northern Sea Route during the period of open water. This will enable ship owners from the PRC to assess the capabilities of the Northern Sea Route in practice, as well as to form a set of proposals and requirements for the arrangement of the route with necessary over-all services.
The uniqueness of this route lies in the fact that cargo owners from Northeast Asia, with transit of cargo to Northern Europe, save up to 9 days at practically identical cost in comparison with the routes through the Suez and Panama canals.
The Northern Sea Route (NSR) is a navigable route, the main maritime communication in the Russian Arctic. It passes along the northern coasts of Russia along the seas of the Arctic Ocean, connects the European and Far Eastern ports of the Russian Federation, as well as the mouths of the navigable Siberian rivers into a single transport system. The length from the Kara Gates to the Providence Bay is 5 600 km, which is almost half the length of other sea routes from Europe to the Far East. The duration of navigation is 2-4 months, usually with the help of icebreakers, which often allows to extend this period.