The Northern Sea Route will expand to a corridor
By 2035, the Russian government and the Directorate of the Northern Sea Route plan to create the so-called Northern Sea Transit Corridor (SMTK), which, in addition to the NSR ports, will also include the ports of Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Onega, Kandalaksha in the west and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the east, reports Arctic TV.
“We need to ensure regularity and predictability of transportation. The cost of passing the NSR due to state support should be slightly lower than the cost of the southern route, at least in the early years. It is important that transport companies and shippers believe that cargo can be transported safely and on time via the NSR. We started working on a project to create a regular container line between Murmansk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, to which goods from Europe and Asia will be delivered by feeder vessels, consolidated there on domestic container ships and delivered under state guarantees, ”said A. Krutikov, deputy head of the Ministry of Eastern Development.
The Arctic regions want to join the project. So, the Governor of the Sakhalin Region Valery Limarenko took the initiative to create a pivot point for the NSR in Sakhalin.
“We are at the intersection of business and tourist routes. <…> Sakhalin may become the turning point of the Northern Sea Route. It is necessary to ensure that the transported cargo is delivered to the island, handled and then transported to the countries of Southeast Asia, ”the press service quoted the governor as saying.
Now the region is working with the Ministry of Eastern Development to include the region in the feasibility study for the development of the NSR for the coming years. At the Regional Investment Council, V. Limarenko noted that port infrastructure needs to be modernized in Sakhalin: one or more powerful deep-sea ports should appear in which large vessels will be processed, this will create additional conditions for the development of a business related to the processing of gas, oil, coal , fishes. To date, the regional authorities have formed a package of 15 large-scale investment projects.
In Sakhalin, they plan to create industrial parks for the oil and gas, construction, and agroindustrial complexes, expand medical and digital clusters, and modernize energy and housing and communal services. “By the end of 2025, the island should become a major logistics center with modern ports and a developed network of airfields,” the regional government said. – In the port of Korsakov, it is planned to dredge, extend the sea pier. Class A warehouse containers with an area of 160 thousand square meters should appear in the sea harbor. meters. ”
The SMTK plans to take part in the Delo group as well. The company is going to deal with multimodal transit container transportation together with the “daughter” of Rosatom. For this, at the end of last year, the state corporation bought out 30% of the authorized capital of the company.