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Maersk explores Arctic shipping route with Russia - Reuters News

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Maersk explores Arctic shipping route with Russia - Reuters News

Maersk explores Arctic shipping route with Russia - Reuters News

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Moller-Maersk said on Friday it is in talks with Russia's state-owned icebreaker operator to send more goods via the Arctic, which is becoming more accessible as climate change reduces the sea ice.

David Pollard reports.

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Maersk explores Arctic shipping route with Russia - Reuters News

Big ships, big plans.

Russia launched a new icebreaker last month as it bids to make the so-called Northern Sea Route commercially viable.

It's ambitious but has just got a thumbs up, of sorts, from one shipping giant.

Maersk told Reuters it's in talks to explore the possibility of a service in cooperation with Russia's state-owned icebreaker operator, Atomflot.

Last summer, Maersk became the first to send a container ship through the route.

It's only accessible around three months of the year due to ice.

But with global warming that could change.

And Maersk says there's growing demand to ship goods from the Far East to West Russia via the Arctic North.

Along shipping lanes that could save thousands of miles over southern routes through the Suez Canal.

The 'Ural' can slice through ice three metres thick.

It's one of a trio of new nuclear-powered icebreakers that will replenish and expand Russia's fleet.

Officials say the ships will allow for year-round navigation in the next decade.




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