Cargo Volume and Transit Traffic on the NSR Increased in 2021

The Northern Sea Route

The Northern Sea Route is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's flagship projects and he has said that the country is aiming for year-round sailing along this shipping lane. (Photo: Rosmorrechflot)

Cargo freight volumes along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) increased by 4,8 percent from January to November this year, compared to the same period last year. Transit traffic over the same period increased by almost 66 percent.

The total number of NSR navigation permits issued increased as well. In 2021, the Russian Northern Sea Route Administration issued 1,155 permits for navigation along the NSR, which is more than 18 percent more than the number of permits issued for the same period last year, The Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport informs.

LNG and gas condensate exports continued to grow from the largest export terminal in the port of Sabetta, on the Yamal Peninsula, which surpassed the figures for the same period in 2020 by almost 1.9 percent, amounting to almost 17 million tons.

Russia has over time had high ambitions for the development of the NSR, setting a target on transporting 80 million tonnes along the route by 2024.

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