US media: Russia uses the problem in the Suez Canal to advertise the Northern Sea Route


While international trade is feeling the impact of the "blockage" of the Suez Canal and many ships are forced to go around Africa, Russia is taking advantage of the situation and actively promoting its Northern Sea Route (NSR), writes the American edition of The Maritime Executive.


For many years, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been proposing the NSR, which runs along the Russian Arctic coast, as an alternative to the Suez. Now, when the shipping artery in Egypt is blocked, Moscow is using this opportunity to once again remind mankind about the NSR.

Russian energy giant Rosatom recently tweeted the public about three reasons why the NSR should be considered as an equivalent replacement for the channel. We remind you that Rosatom is the official infrastructure operator of SPM, having a fleet of nuclear icebreakers at its disposal.

The first reason is “much more room to paint quirky pictures with your giant ships” (content not for all age groups).

The second reason is "if you get stuck in the ice, we have icebreakers that can break them."

As a third reason, Rosatom posted a GIF made from footage of the Austin Powers series, in which the protagonist got stuck in a shuttle car going back and forth through a narrow tunnel. At the same time, they superimposed on the car a picture of the giant container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal on March 23, 2021.

On March 25, Roshydromet reported that in some years the NSR will be almost completely ice-free in the summer months, as happened in 2020. Due to climate change, Russia wants to use this route to export oil and gas to the world market, summed up the media from the United States.

Note that on both sides of the Suez Canal, more than 320 different vessels with various cargoes have already accumulated. The culprit of the incident is clearly visible from the International Space Station and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Kud-Sverchkov took photographs.



The pictures show that the bow of the 400-meter vessel has been moved. However, there is still plenty of work ahead. The container ship needs to be fully deployed to unblock shipping along the trade artery, which accounts for 10-12% of international freight traffic.
  • Used photographs: Russian cosmonaut Sergei Kud-Sverchkov from the ISS
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  1. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 28 March 2021 22: 16
    +3
    And what does the “free American publication” see as “bad” in this “commercial advertisement” of the Russian authorities (or is it just a statement of an example of competent “actualization”, for international traders and entrepreneurs, alternatives to the Northern Sea Route ?!) ?! winked
    Would the American authorities have missed a similar opportunity to advertise their own commercial projects ??! what
  2. trampoline instructor (Bazil Bazil) 29 March 2021 09: 14
    +1
    This idea has lost its relevance - a container ship in the Suez Canal has been removed from the shallows, shipping is being restored, the price of oil is slowly falling.
    Therefore, leave the Northern Sea Route to the polar bears.
  3. zz811 Offline zz811
    zz811 (Vlad Pervovich) 30 March 2021 07: 42
    +1
    Quote: pishchak
    And what does the “free American publication” see as “bad” in this “commercial advertisement” of the Russian authorities (or is it just a statement of an example of competent “actualization”, for international traders and entrepreneurs, alternatives to the Northern Sea Route ?!) ?! winked
    Would the American authorities have missed a similar opportunity to advertise their own commercial projects ??! what

    Well, yes, the US war with Nord Stream 2 comes to mind (it needs to be broken, banned, so that gas to Europe goes from the US)