Northern Sea Route to get shipping boost from Dubai

Containers in the port of Shanghai. Russian developers are partnering with Dubai-based company DP World to increase shipping along the Northern Sea Route. (Atle Staalesen/The Independent Barents Observer)
The developers of the Northern Sea Route team up with DP World, the global port operator based in the Arab gulf state. Container shipping is among the priorities.

Two of Russia’s leading developers of Arctic logistics on Thursday teamed up with the DP World in a joint effort to increase shipping on the Northern Sea Route.

The agreement, a non-legal document, aims at joint efforts in making the Arctic shipping route more profitable, Rosatom informs.

The state nuclear power company is one of the stakeholders in the deal that was signed during the ongoing St. Petersburg Economic Forum. Also Nornickel, the mining and metallurgy company, is part of the agreement. In addition comes Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the sovereign wealth fund.

The document was signed by Vladimir Potanin, President of Nornickel, Alexey Likhachev, CEO of Rosatom, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.

Among the priorities in the deal is identifying ways to increase transit shipments on the route, including with containers.

The deal comes as port developers in Murmansk announce that they are in the process of planning a major container port in the Arctic region. The port will be able to handle up to five million containers per year and is to stand ready for operations in 2024. Three locations are being studied, the Ural Bay, the Kildin Strait and Teriberka, and investments will amount to 60 billion rubles, newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta reports.

A joint working group is to be established and the partners could ultimately form a joint venture.

DP World has a portfolio of more than 70 operating marine and inland terminals in 40 countries across six continents. The company business also includes industrial parks, logistics and economic zones, maritime services and marinas.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Ice-capable Canadian Coast Guard ships could be both ‘a blessing and a curse’: expert, Eye on the Arctic

China: China’s COSCO planning ‘several’ shipments along Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Major step towards a Europe-Asia Arctic cable link, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russian, Chinese companies ink deal on shipping along Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Local shipping generates more emissions than domestic flights, Radio Sweden

United States: New U.S. icebreaker will focus on Antarctic, says Coast Guard boss, Alaska Public Media

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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