Moscow’s big plan for trans-Arctic shipping: 2,000 percent growth in 10 years,

“By 2030, we plan to reach a level of 150 million ton [on the Northern Sea Route], of which 30 million tons will be transit,” First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said in a meeting on strategic development and national projects this week.

The online meeting was chaired by Vladimir Putin.

The president is half-way through his latest term and had summoned key government ministers for a status sum-up on his key priorities. Among them is the Northern Sea Route. Putin wants 80 million tons of shipments on the route by 2024, and government ministers are struggling to meet target.

The last years have seen a major increase in Russian Arctic shipping. In 2020, a total of 32,97 million tons of goods were shipped on the route, of which only about 1,3 million tons was transit shiphments. Läs artikel