Hamburg - Members of a delegation from the Russian company Rosatom have met with Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg, to discuss the use of the Northern Sea Route – NSR - and development of transit freight traffic between Europe and Asia.
The route through the Northeast Passage is navigable for ships in transit with the assistance of four especially powerful nuclear-powered Rosatom icebreakers. Changes in the ice situation will enable shipping to use the NSR throughout the year. During the experts’ meeting, Mikhail Belkin, State Policy Director of Rosatom, reported that last year alone 27 ships in transit had been escorted through the passage along Russia’s North coast. Rosatom plans a fourfold increase in the quantity of freight so far transported on the NSR by 2024.
In the opinion of Ingo Egloff, the future Northeast Passage is also of great importance for Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg is equipped as a universal hub for handling cargoes of all types, and is favourably located as the central hub port for the NSR. In their contributions, the speakers and guests participating in this information event emphasized that apart from the safety of marine traffic, in the Arctic special requirements for protecting the environment and the ocean also need to be heeded.