Russia continues to develop the Northern Sea Route
While the United States only declares the possibility of giving international status to the Northern Sea Route, which is under the jurisdiction of Russia, it is taking concrete steps to develop it.
In 2019, the Russian state corporation Rosatom plans to approve a plan for the development of the infrastructure of the key Arctic sea highway and empower Rosatom to develop the Northern Sea Route
“The key task is to approve the government’s plan for the development of the Northern Sea Route infrastructure by 2035 this year,” the publication notes.
In June of this year it was reported that this fall it was planned to introduce into the government a plan for the development of the infrastructure of the Northern Sea Route.
In December 2018, the State Duma adopted a law on empowering Rosatom with powers to develop the Northern Sea Route. According to the document, Rosatom will determine a subordinate enterprise authorized to coordinate permission to sail vessels in the waters of the Northern Sea Route. In addition, the state corporation, on behalf of the Russian Federation, will conclude concession agreements regarding the infrastructure of seaports located on the coast of the Northern Sea Route, design and build buildings (including facilities of increased responsibility, including capital construction projects related to the infrastructure of the seaport located on the coast of the Northern Sea Route).
The Northern Sea Route is a shipping route, the main sea communication in the Russian Arctic. It runs along the northern coast of Russia along the seas of the Arctic Ocean. The NSR connects the European and Far Eastern ports of Russia, as well as the mouths of navigable Siberian rivers, into a single transport system. The route is going over a distance of 5.6 thousand km from the Kara Gate to the Providence Bay.