IBO: Russia's plans to expand the Northern Sea Route run into obstacles

Russia's grandiose Arctic plan to expand the Northern Sea Route (NSR) has run into obstacles and could get stuck in the ice, writes the Russian-blocked Norwegian publication The Independent Barents Observer (IBO).

Moscow wants to start year-round transportation along the NSR as early as 2024 and reach 2025 million tons by 80. But this winter's experience shows that sea ice can derail those plans.

On January 1, the world's most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika and the conventional icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn escorted a pair of dry cargo ships, Inzhener Trubin and Yury Arshenevsky, to Pevek, delivering construction materials for the Baimskaya copper ore project two months late. After some time, Arktika escorted the Russian universal cargo ship Polar King to Pevek.

Dealing with the current situation is not easy. The vessels Inzhener Trubin, Yuri Arshenevsky, Polar King and Lev Yashin were trapped in ice, while the Arktika and Kapitan Dranitsyn rushed to their aid. Now the Arktika is leading the Yuri Arshenevsky through the Chukchi Sea. Behind them, at a distance of 200 km, "Captain Dranitsyn" is leading the cargo ship "Lev Yashin". Probably, in a few days the caravan will enter the Bering Sea of ​​the Pacific Ocean.

According to Russian ice maps, almost all of the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea have an ice thickness of 30 cm, and in some places 2 meters. Near Wrangel Island, located between the East Siberian and Chukchi Seas, there is multi-year ice, and south of the New Siberian Islands there is a continuous strip of fast ice. The difficulty lies not in the thickness of the ice, but in the possibility of its compression. Northerly winds can push the pack ice towards the coast of Siberia, causing dangerous hummocks to appear - heaps of ice fragments.

After the departure of the Arktika from the port of Pevek, dry cargo ships Engineer Trubin and Polar King got stuck in the ice there. The Russians sent the Yamal nuclear-powered icebreaker there, which entered the East Siberian Sea on January 17.

Traffic in the eastern part of the NSR came to a halt in November after more than 20 ships were stranded there. Some of them were trapped in ice for several weeks.

- clarifies the publication.

At the end of December, Yamal escorted the cargo ship Pugnax to Murmansk. Until the end of January, the Audax cargo ship and the Vladimir Vize gas carrier (LNG tanker) were supposed to escort along the NSR. But on January 17, both ships turned around and, apparently, changed their minds about entering the ice. Soon they may be joined by the nuclear-powered container ship Sevmorput, which left Vladivostok on January 17, planning to pass through the NSR to Murmansk.

The critical situation is unlikely to worsen further. But the current situation shows that Moscow's ambitions for year-round transit navigation along the NSR will face difficulties, despite the construction of three more, and possibly five nuclear-powered ships of Project 22220 of the Arktika type (LK-60Ya)

- summed up the media.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 25 January 2022 15: 18
    But this winter's experience shows that sea ice can derail those plans.

    Is it again that the West is lying that the Arctic Ocean is melting and general warming is coming? What about the carbon footprint and decarbonisation? Are they driving empty people to cut down the dough from the naive?
  2. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
    Mikhail L. 25 January 2022 15: 36
    In any case, difficulties arise.
    If: "The critical situation is unlikely to worsen further", and the difficulties are not critical and surmountable - then why dirty the virtual paper?
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  3. Expert_Analyst_Forecaster 25 January 2022 15: 46
    Well, the ill-wishers of Russia must publish something bad about Russia.
    When there are no facts, information, then picking out such "news" begins.
    Usually such "news" goes without an author.
    This is auxiliary material for those who write about how things are bad in Russia today and will become even worse tomorrow.
    1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 25 January 2022 16: 14
      They contradict themselves in the West, who will believe them after that? First - the guard, everything will melt! Then everything freezes!
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 25 January 2022 16: 57
    Yeah. Ino-media is blocked, but our media still refer to it, wanting to disappoint the Russians in the Northern Sea Route ....
  5. Scharnhorst Offline Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst) 25 January 2022 17: 00
    The NSR is our internal difficulties, first of all, Russia needs it. Well, envious people and spiteful critics in the West are no longer surprising. Let them envy silently and save up money to pay for the services of piloting ships. When it blazes in the South China Sea or in the Persian Gulf, the prices for wiring will rise like gas in Europe in 2021! tongue
  6. wamp Offline wamp
    wamp 25 January 2022 17: 23
    Those vessels, Inzhener Trubin, Yuri Arshenevsky and Polar King, simply received permission from the Administration of the Northern Sea Route, and Rosatom did not bother to guide the icebreakers and did not agree. Only when we got stuck, we were surprised that all the icebreakers were very, very far away. Here we are stuck...
    It is necessary to give all the main icebreakers to the temporary subordination of the administration of the NSR - in one hand.
    1. Pandiurin Offline Pandiurin
      Pandiurin (Pandiurin) 25 January 2022 19: 09
      Quote: Wamp
      ... It is necessary to give all the main icebreakers to the temporary subordination of the NSR administration - in one hand.

      If the NSR rents all the icebreakers for a year, then they will just end up in the same hands.

      Strange expression "give back in one hand...
      And what will the hands say, who built and bought icebreakers, does it make sense for them to still invest?

      Now there is no large shipping, a small number of icebreakers have to operate, slips are inevitable.
      1. wamp Offline wamp
        wamp 25 January 2022 19: 15
        Quote: Pandiurin
        Strange expression "give in one hand" ...
        And what will the hands say, who built and bought icebreakers, does it make sense for them to still invest?

        Have you misrepresented yourself and become indignant?
        You, while reading up, apparently managed to forget the "temporary subordination", which does not change the owner and his earnings.

        Quote: Pandiurin
        Now there is no large shipping, a small number of icebreakers have to operate, slips are inevitable.

        It is necessary to collect caravans on a planned basis (on request) and tie them to a specific icebreaker voyage.
  7. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 26 January 2022 06: 13
    They envy .. In the future, such money floats past their noses. The fact that they described nothing more than the difficulties of growth. fellow
  8. prinv Offline prinv
    prinv (Nikolai) 26 January 2022 11: 49
    So I don't understand - what are the difficulties?
    The fact that ordinary ships were covered with ice? What a news.
  9. Oleg Gorshkov Offline Oleg Gorshkov
    Oleg Gorshkov (Oleg Gorshkov) 26 January 2022 14: 29
    Debugging such a logistics project as the NSR is not as easy as it seems. We got errors, next time they will be taken into account. It's the Americans who know how to launch 12 missions to the moon without preparation and everything is 5+, and we have a saying: "You can and ... break with a fool"
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  11. lniksom Offline lniksom
    lniksom (lniksom) 28 January 2022 14: 35
    To understand a problem, you have to face it and then try to solve it. "My friend's theory is dry, but the tree of life is green," Goethe seems to have written.
  12. kig Offline kig
    kig 29 January 2022 04: 45
    Norwegian edition blocked in Russia The Independent Barents Observer

    how is it blocked? Quietly opens without any vpn.
  13. oleg samsonov Offline oleg samsonov
    oleg samsonov (Oleg Samsonov) 29 January 2022 06: 23
    Russia is not afraid of difficulties! She overcomes them!
  14. Zwain Offline Zwain
    Zwain (Zwain) 29 January 2022 08: 17
    honored and delighted!!! How many spetsof on this topic, Chilingarov and Putin apparently have not yet read.