Japan is ready to use The Northeast Passage

07.04.2016 15:07:21 (GMT+12)

The head of JSC "Development Corporation of Kamchatka", Nikolay Pegin, had a meeting with the Japanese sea transportation experts concerning the Northeast Passage development prospects, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to be turned into kernel port of the Arctic ocean shipping route. The delegation was led by Natsuhiko Otsuka, the head of management planning department of NorthJapanPortConsultants Ltd, a great authority in the field of sea ports.

The day before the delegation met with Murmansk Region First Deputy Governor Aleksey Tyukavin.

Aleksey Tyukavin said that there is a plan to launch a container shipment line, connecting Murmansk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, to relieve The Trans-Siberian Railway while supplying Russian Far East regions. Such Arctic transportations could be operated by Sevmorput, a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaking LASH carrier and container ship. It's first round-trip from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Murmansk is due to arrive in autumn 2016. One of the sponsors is the JSC "Development Corporation of Kamchatka".

Commenting on the meeting, Nikolay Pegin emphasized that Japanese side has an obvious interest in Arctic transportation to Europe and Russia. May be the possible competition from South Korea and China, which consider the possibility of using the Arctic ocean shipping route advantages and make practical steps in this direction, makes Japanese business groups act faster. In conditions of  global warming the logistic line from Japan to the Atlantic ports through  Northern Eurasia will surely become a goal of an island country, whose economic prosperity is based on maritime trade.

Translated by Ksenia Skotnikova