Danish dry bulk shipping company Nordic Bulk Carriers plans to transport six to eight 70,000 tons shipments of iron ore from Murmansk to China this summer. Using NSR instead of the Suez Canal saves 1000 tons of fuel, or $650,000, Director Christian Bonfils says to Bloomberg.
Nordic Bulk Carriers made the first Arctic voyage with a commercial mineral cargo in 2010 when it shipped 41,000 tons of iron ore from Kirkenes, Norway to China. In 2011 the company sent the world’s largest and most modern bulk carrier with ice class in the world “MV Sanko Odyssey” from Murmansk to China.
The Murmansk-to-China journey takes 23 days using the northern route, compared with 43 for the Suez Canal, according to Bonfils. The planned ore cargoes this summer represent an all-time high for shipments via the passage, he said.
Transport via the Northern Sea Route has increased rapidly during the last couple of years, but the cargo amount and numbers of vessels are still small compared to the more traditional routes. 34 vessels sailed the whole Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia in 2011. The total cargo amounted to 820 000 tons. By comparison, in 2010 only four vessels used the route for transit to another country, and the total amount of cargo was 111 000 tons.
Cargo volumes are expected to double in 2012 compared to the previous year and are expected to reach 1,5 million tons.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.