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Type: Journal article
Title: Commercial Arctic shipping through the Northeast Passage: routes, resources, governance, technology, and infrastructure
Author: Buixadé Farré, A.
Stephenson, S.
Chen, L.
Czub, M.
Dai, Y.
Demchev, D.
Efimov, Y.
Graczyk, P.
Grythe, H.
Keil, K.
Kivekäs, N.
Kumar, N.
Liu, N.
Matelenok, I.
Myksvoll, M.
O'Leary, D.
Olsen, J.
Pavithran A P, S.
Petersen, E.
Raspotnik, A.
et al.
Citation: Polar Geography, 2014; 37(4):298-324
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1088-937X
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Albert Buixadé Farré, Scott R. Stephenson, Linling Chen, Michael Czub, Ying Dai, Denis Demchev, Yaroslav Efimov, Piotr Graczyk, Henrik Grythe, Kathrin Keil, Niku Kivekäs, Naresh Kumar, Nengye Liu, Igor Matelenok, Mari Myksvoll, Derek O'Leary, Julia Olsen, Sachin Pavithran.A.P., Edward Petersen, Andreas Raspotnik, Ivan Ryzhov, Jan Solski, Lingling Suo, Caroline Troein, Vilena Valeeva, Jaap van Rijckevorsel and Jonathan Wighting
Abstract: The Russian and Norwegian Arctic are gaining notoriety as an alternative maritime route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and as sources of natural resources. The renewed interest in the Northeast Passage or the Northern Sea Route is fueled by a recession of Arctic sea ice coupled with the discovery of new natural resources at a time when emerging and global markets are in growing demand for them. Driven by the expectation of potential future economic importance of the region, political interest and governance has been rapidly developing, mostly within the Arctic Council. However, this paper argues that optimism regarding the potential of Arctic routes as an alternative to the Suez Canal is overstated. The route involves many challenges: jurisdictional disputes create political uncertainties; shallow waters limit ship size; lack of modern deepwater ports and search and rescue (SAR) capabilities requires ships to have higher standards of autonomy and safety; harsh weather conditions and free-floating ice make navigation more difficult and schedules more variable; and more expensive ship construction and operation costs lessen the economic viability of the route. Technological advances and infrastructure investments may ameliorate navigational challenges, enabling increased shipping of natural resources from the Arctic to global markets.
Rights: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article. Non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way, is permitted. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
RMID: 0030080890
DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2014.965769
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