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Norwegian ship owner: Northern Sea Route is not a competitor to the Suez Canal

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Norwegian ship owner: Northern Sea Route is not a competitor to the Suez Canal

The Russian Federation is investing heavily in the development of the Northern Sea Route and infrastructure in the Arctic zone. And after the incident with a ship that ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal, the NSR began to be considered as an alternative route connecting Europe and Asia.


This was reported by Eyvind Molde from the NRK TV and Radio Company (Norway).

In an interview with reporters, the Norwegian ship owner Herbjörn Hansson, who runs Nordic American Tankers, said that the Northern Sea Route is not a competitor to the Suez Canal. He believes that its active use is impossible for political reasons. In his opinion, Russia will not allow a large number of foreign ships flying the flags of Western states to ply near its shores.

On the other hand, notes NRK, after the incident in the Suez Canal, Russia began to actively promote the idea of ​​using the Northern Sea Route as an alternative. And the large amount of funds invested in its development testifies to the desire of the Russian leadership to make the NSR the main traffic route between Europe and Asia. Moreover, it is about 40 percent shorter than the "Suez" one, and global warming and melting ice makes it more and more convenient.
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  1. Pereira
    Pereira 6 May 2021 12: 29
    +23
    What a subtle analysis this shipowner has.
    1. prior
      prior 6 May 2021 12: 33
      +4
      With him everything is clear, he just prefers warm vodka and sweaty southern women.
      And on the NSR there are problems with this, the corresponding infrastructure has not yet been created. laughing
    2. Olgovich
      Olgovich 6 May 2021 13: 05
      +7
      Quote: Pereira
      What a subtle analysis this shipowner has.

      he also said that most of the NSR is not covered by the activities of the rescue forces, and, as Suez has shown, such assistance is in demand.

      But Russia is building and restoring a lot in the North, because it is known that the area of ​​ice in the Arctic has decreased by 40% in less than 30 years and the NSR has prospects.
      1. Mountain shooter
        Mountain shooter 6 May 2021 13: 11
        +11
        Quote: Olgovich
        But Russia is building and restoring a lot in the North, because it is known that the area of ​​ice in the Arctic has decreased by 40% in less than 30 years and the NSR has prospects

        Will it not allow ships to sail under foreign flags along their shores? These are not warships!
        Which there is definitely no place on the NSR. And the rest, the cargo trucks - you are welcome.
        1. Alex777
          Alex777 6 May 2021 13: 15
          +11
          While the Norwegian can say anything.
          But when competitors go along the NSR, he will have no choice. bully
          1. Alexander 3
            Alexander 3 6 May 2021 13: 26
            +2
            The political storm will end and ships will sail along the NSR. Everyone knows how to count.
            1. dauria
              dauria 6 May 2021 13: 50
              +16
              Everyone knows how to count.


              That's it. And therefore, as much passes through Suez per day as along the NSR for the entire navigation. And the benefit for the Russian Federation is only from the compulsory icebreaker escort. First of all, we need the NSR for the development of the region. Foreigners will not go there themselves. The price is the same, the terms are almost the same, the wiring is seasonal 5-6 months a year, and who wants to freeze (and prepare ships accordingly)?
              1. Kurare
                Kurare 6 May 2021 14: 20
                +9
                Quote: dauria
                And therefore, as much passes through Suez per day as along the NSR for the entire navigation.

                The NSR is not an alternative to the Suez, but as an option, under special conditions.
                Quote: dauria
                Foreigners will not go there themselves.

                So great, someone (Russia) has to make money on this.
                Quote: dauria
                The price is the same, the terms are almost the same, ...

                Price - most likely yes, timing - no. As the Norwegian said, it comes out about 40% faster. And time, as you know, is money.
                Quote: dauria
                ... and who wants to freeze (and prepare ships accordingly)?

                That's just the "frost" has its pluses. Quite a lot of goods are delivered in freezers. Passing through the Suez, especially in summer, is a decent cost to run refrigerators. These costs are eliminated just when passing the NSR. hi
                1. Normal ok
                  Normal ok 6 May 2021 15: 31
                  +7
                  Quote: Kurare
                  Quote: dauria
                  And therefore, as much passes through Suez per day as along the NSR for the entire navigation.

                  The NSR is not an alternative to the Suez, but as an option, under special conditions.
                  Quote: dauria
                  Foreigners will not go there themselves.

                  So great, someone (Russia) has to make money on this.
                  Quote: dauria
                  The price is the same, the terms are almost the same, ...

                  Price - most likely yes, timing - no. As the Norwegian said, it comes out about 40% faster. And time, as you know, is money.
                  Quote: dauria
                  ... and who wants to freeze (and prepare ships accordingly)?

                  That's just the "frost" has its pluses. Quite a lot of goods are delivered in freezers. Passing through the Suez, especially in summer, is a decent cost to run refrigerators. These costs are eliminated just when passing the NSR. hi

                  Sea freight (especially container) is rarely carried out according to the principle: all cargo from one remote part of the world to another. Much more often, ships along the route enter intermediate ports where they unload and take new cargo. And on the way from Asia to Europe, there are dozens of large ports (logistics centers), but there are none at all on the NSR. Therefore, the NSR is economically profitable only for a relatively small segment of cargo transportation.
                  1. Kurare
                    Kurare 6 May 2021 16: 57
                    +8
                    Quote: Normal ok
                    And on the way from Asia to Europe, there are dozens of large ports (logistics centers), but there are none at all on the NSR.

                    Entering the H-number of ports along the way is also not entirely effective from an economic point of view. The NSR is interesting for cargoes for northern Europe, i.e. ports such as Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg. And a considerable share of the flow from Asia goes there.

                    As I wrote, the NSR is not an alternative to the route through Suez, but a very interesting option.
                  2. Popandos
                    Popandos 7 May 2021 07: 19
                    +2
                    Sea freight (especially container) is rarely carried out according to the principle: all cargo from one remote part of the world to another.

                    How far from the truth you are. The basis of container transportation is the speed of door-to-door delivery; for this, a container ship runs on a schedule between major container hubs. Of these, deliveries are made in small batches by cabotage or land transport.
                    In short, container ships do not enter the associated ports to unload a dozen containers, it is not profitable. And not every port can be served by a container ship.
        2. Olgovich
          Olgovich 6 May 2021 13: 32
          +3
          Quote: Mountain Shooter
          Will not give to sail ships under foreign flags along their shores?
          WHERE is it written to me?

          Why, then, is Russia equipping the NSR, if not for international (not only its own) trade links?
          1. Mountain shooter
            Mountain shooter 6 May 2021 13: 37
            +6
            Quote: Olgovich
            WHERE is it written to me?

            It's in the article. I apologize...
        3. Starover_Z
          Starover_Z 6 May 2021 15: 04
          +1
          Quote: Mountain Shooter
          Will it not allow ships to sail under foreign flags along their shores?
          These are not warships! Which there is definitely no place on the NSR.

          And it would be interesting to see an aircraft carrier in the northern latitudes during a storm!
          And how his "chicks" will kick in that weather!
          1. Kot_Kuzya
            Kot_Kuzya 6 May 2021 15: 23
            +3
            And it would be interesting to see an aircraft carrier in the northern latitudes during a storm!
            And how his "chicks" will kick in that weather!
            Aircraft carriers in the northern seas are absolutely unsuitable, since even with a weak minus, the takeoff friction coefficient decreases sharply.
          2. Ryaruav
            Ryaruav 6 May 2021 15: 28
            0
            all ships have restrictions on the use of weapons, and an aircraft carrier has a displacement of 100000 tons and an equal storm it transfers more easily than modern destroyers and cruisers of 10000 tons, 8 points are unlikely to launch missiles
        4. Bez 310
          Bez 310 6 May 2021 15: 36
          +2
          Quote: Mountain Shooter
          These are not warships!
          Which there is definitely no place on the NSR.

          Why do you think so?
          The Frenchman "Rona" walked along the NSR, no one made a sound.
          Because it has the right!
          1. standan
            standan 6 May 2021 21: 13
            +1
            An informed source told Interfax that the Rona followed from the Norwegian port of Tormse to the Aleutian Islands near Alaska. All this time, the ship was guided by the means of electronic intelligence of the Northern and Pacific fleets (each in its area of ​​responsibility).

            The interlocutor noted that the French ship has no ice protection, therefore its Arctic voyage was rather risky. At the same time, the Russian rescue forces were ready at any time to assist the French sailors.

            "Rhone" is a new ship of the French Navy, entered into service on July 6 this year. It belongs to the BSAH class (support and assistance ships). Designed for towing, escorting submarines, participating in rescue operations. Its displacement is 2,6 thousand tons, its length is 70 m. The speed is up to 14 knots. During the journey along the NSR, it had a crew of 31 people. There is no weapon on the ship.
            1. Bez 310
              Bez 310 6 May 2021 22: 39
              0
              Quote: standan
              There is no weapon on the ship.

              This is not the point at all.
              The support ship of the foreign navy passed through the NSR without any requests or permits. Warships can pass in the same way, and we have no right to interfere with them.
            2. standan
              standan 7 May 2021 21: 01
              0
              Territorial waters up to 12 miles from the coast, then up to 200 miles - economic zone
              All this time, the ship was guided by the means of radio intelligence of the Northern and Pacific fleets (each in its area of ​​responsibility).
      2. Lannan Shi
        Lannan Shi 6 May 2021 13: 37
        +12
        Quote: Olgovich
        and the NSR has prospects.

        Not particularly rosy. The fact is that the stories about 21.9 thousand km along the Suez route, and 15.2 thousand along the NSR are not that outright lie, but it is difficult to call it pure truth. These distances are only valid if the cargo is to be sent from Yokohama to London. If the sender is not Yokohama, but, say, Shanghai ... Then the difference will no longer be 6700 km, but a little more than 3000 km. That already sharply reduces the attractiveness of the NSR. If you unload in Marseilles, for example ... then the NSR loses altogether. And if the sender is in Indonesia, or, say, in India, then sending through the NSR, even to Oslo, and at all ... Logistic perversion.
        Including even if there is not a single piece of ice on the NSR all year round, especially bright prospects are not possible there in principle. Regional route? Yes. A competitor to suetsu? Three times ha. That's just from the mileage. And taking into account the fact that while ice on the NSR still happens, and it is necessary to build ships specifically for it, and it is necessary to invest in a ship sharpened strictly for one route ... Not in this century in general.
        1. Sahalinets
          Sahalinets 6 May 2021 15: 20
          +4
          I will also add that container ships do not roam without stopping with full load across half the world. They usually enter a bunch of ports, unload some of the containers, load, etc. But on the NSR there is nothing of the kind and never will be. And no one will wait until the cargo is formed from thousands of containers to one specific port.
    3. svp67
      svp67 6 May 2021 13: 39
      +2
      Quote: Pereira
      What a subtle analysis this shipowner has.

      He clearly indicated that
      He believes that its active use is impossible. FOR POLITICAL REASONS and Russia is to blame for everything. She will not allow everyone there to stagger just like that, and, oh, horror, she will demand MONEY for the passage along the NSR ... Well this is "not at what gate"
      1. Pereira
        Pereira 6 May 2021 14: 57
        +3
        He started well - for political reasons. Only then I lied.
        These reasons are not created by Russia. They don't wander around the Suez just like that.
        The reasons will be created in Brussels. For environmental reasons, they will not be allowed to accept cargo delivered with the scare off of polar bears. Or something else.
    4. RealPilot
      RealPilot 7 May 2021 01: 29
      0
      He is an interested person and a player in a very specific market, his analysis should not be taken as unbiased.
      He also runs the company Nordic AMERICAN Tankers, there is no word Russian wink

      Plus, who is talking about ships flying foreign flags, especially military ones? Merchant ships accompanied by icebreakers will not interfere with Russia's security in any way.
      They can even fly under the Russian flag, because they buy freight, the entire service for the delivery of goods through the NSR. For example, the Russian Federation will order or will build a fleet of several dozen Arctic container ships, which will be used.
      The Soviet merchant fleet existed very successfully, it was a huge state corporation! And the time comes to recreate it for our economic growth.
  2. paul3390
    paul3390 6 May 2021 12: 33
    -3
    Why not?? Of course, no one will let military ships go there uncontrollably, and trade - why should they interfere, if they themselves have such huge grandmothers thrown into the North? Where is the logic? Or for the bourgeoisie a truly free and correctly democratic route - exclusively the one along which mattress AUG go wherever they want?
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 6 May 2021 12: 38
      +1
      He would have remembered about the threat of the northern pirates. However, for him, a Norwegian, this is his own, dear.
      1. aleks neym_2
        aleks neym_2 6 May 2021 12: 51
        +2
        Ahtung! On the starboard side there are pirate kayaks with aggressive Chukchi: prepare a white flag - we will surrender !!!
        1. Pereira
          Pereira 6 May 2021 14: 58
          +1
          Prepare a crate of whiskey.
  3. Curt
    Curt 6 May 2021 12: 33
    +5
    another piece of news from the series "one grandma said"
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 6 May 2021 12: 34
    +1
    And they said business will always interfere !!!
    Politics rule the show, and they are no longer run by business, but by a VERY LARGE BUSINESS, which has its own political and economic strategy !!!
    For them, to lose now, in small, for the sake of future profits, is NOT a PROBLEM!
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 6 May 2021 12: 35
    +1
    its active use is impossible for political reasons ... Russia will not allow a large number of foreign ships flying the flags of Western states to ply near its shores
    Strange, the Norwegian explains the political reasons by the unwillingness of Russia. If political reasons are to be tied to the NSR, they will clearly be completely opposite. And the first of them is the ability of Russia to make money on the NSR, which is like a sickle in one place to the West. The second reason is the desire of the United States to privatize the NSR, naturally in its favor, which means not to give Russia the opportunity to manage it. It is not for nothing that today voices are heard from the United States about the possibility of blocking it.
  6. Vadim Ananyin
    Vadim Ananyin 6 May 2021 12: 38
    -1
    Of course, Russia will not allow countries that shit, go on SMP, but for certain reasons it can. And this Viking is just a toad, since it will not be possible to dictate the conditions on this route as in Spitsbergen and will have to obey. And Svalbard is no longer particularly needed by anyone
  7. knn54
    knn54 6 May 2021 12: 39
    0
    On the one hand, it is necessary to "sing along" to the West.
    But on the other hand, the real opinion.
    It's like in Brezhnev's times, political jokes began (just in case) with the phrase: "One of her ... told me" ...
  8. Sidor Amenpodestovich
    Sidor Amenpodestovich 6 May 2021 12: 43
    -2
    Norwegian shipowner Herbjörn Hansson, who runs Nordic American Tankers, said the Northern Sea Route is not a competitor to the Suez Canal. He believes that its active use is impossible for political reasons.

    It will be profitable to carry goods along the NSR, they will carry them along the NSR. Business does not hesitate to put the talker on any political reasons.
    For example, according to RIA Novosti, China received nearly fifty billion in foreign direct investment in the first quarter of this year alone. Despite all the screams that China is a competitor, an enemy, it is necessary to contain.
  9. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 6 May 2021 12: 44
    -5
    Norwegian ship owner: Northern Sea Route is not a competitor to the Suez Canal

    Something similar was said before the Panama Canal was dug. It was much easier to sail across the Cape of Good Hope ...
    1. Kot_Kuzya
      Kot_Kuzya 6 May 2021 13: 06
      +11
      Quote: ROSS 42

      Something similar was said before the Panama Canal was dug. It was much easier to sail across the Cape of Good Hope ...

      Of course, I understand that the USE generation has grown up now, but the Panama Canal has shortened the path from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, there is no need to go around Cape Horn. The need to go around the Cape of Good Hope disappeared after the opening of the Suez Canal.
  10. Kot_Kuzya
    Kot_Kuzya 6 May 2021 13: 16
    +6
    First off, does anyone still believe in "global warming"? Look out the window, there is a dubak on the street, even the trees are bare, people in hats and warm jackets walk around, although usually at this time it is already warm like summer.
    Secondly, Russia is far from the USSR and has neither the strength nor the desire to close the Arctic to foreign ships, the maritime law directly prohibits this, especially since Russia has accepted and ratified it. Dozens, if not hundreds of foreign planes fly over the territory of Russia every day, flying along the shortest route between Asia and North America, and between Europe and East Asia, take a look at the Flytradar website. But in the days of the USSR, passenger routes of foreign aircraft did not pass through the territory of the USSR.
    1. Fan-fan
      Fan-fan 6 May 2021 16: 03
      +3
      I agree that in Russia now there is no money for the maintenance of the entire NSR, and there is no money for many things. Although I will make a reservation - the NSR operates to the port of Sabetta on Yamal. And to declare that Russia will not let other people's military ships go there is to show complete ignorance. Is it not known about the 12 mile coastal zone? If a warship is 13 miles offshore, then that ship doesn't have to ask anyone.
  11. Ratmir_Ryazan
    Ratmir_Ryazan 6 May 2021 13: 40
    +2
    Some nonsense, about the fact that Russia will not allow foreign ships to sail along its coast))).

    And then he says that Russia is interested in the development of the Northern Sea Route and is investing money in it.

    So why, then, is Russia developing the infrastructure of the NSR and advertising this project as an alternative to the Suez Canal, if not for foreign ships?
  12. CommanderDIVA
    CommanderDIVA 6 May 2021 14: 15
    +6
    The need to develop the NSR is apparently dictated primarily by the deposits of hydrocarbons and other minerals in the water area of ​​the Arctic Ocean and the Arctic, and earnings on the pilotage of foreign ships, by analogy with the Suez Canal, are in second place here, in the future, further infrastructural development will be received by Russian cities located at the mouths of Siberian rivers flowing into the ocean, so the Norwegian is right, these routes are not competitors to each other, their primary purpose is different
  13. Basarev
    Basarev 6 May 2021 14: 19
    -5
    Rather, on the contrary - for political reasons, the collective West will not follow the Northern Sea Route, so as not to support the ruling clan with currency.
  14. General failure
    General failure 6 May 2021 14: 41
    +6
    Certainly not a competitor, but politics has nothing to do with it - ice-class ships are needed for passage along the NSR, unlike a canal.

    ... However, if wiring through the NSR turns out to be more profitable than through the canal, then capitalismus will quickly spit on any policy. Nord Stream will not let you lie.
  15. Old26
    Old26 6 May 2021 15: 28
    +6
    Quote: Kot_Kuzya
    But in the days of the USSR, passenger routes of foreign aircraft did not pass through the territory of the USSR.

    We passed. But the number of routes was much less than now
  16. Fitter65
    Fitter65 6 May 2021 15: 40
    0
    In an interview with reporters, the Norwegian ship owner Herbjörn Hansson, who runs Nordic American Tankers, said that the Northern Sea Route is not a competitor to the Suez Canal.
    Well, in the first self-propelled carriages, a competitor to the horse was not observed either, but podzh-you ...
  17. xorek
    xorek 6 May 2021 17: 27
    +2
    Time will tell who is right ..! We are not imposing, but the Arctic is not only the NSR!
    Look how powerful and such ships Russia has a lot ..
    1. Dikson
      Dikson 7 May 2021 11: 42
      +2
      Well, not so much already .. - this is actually the Norilsk Nickel fleet .. - evil oligarchs bloodsuckers were puzzled and built themselves a fleet for the normal operation of Dudinka, Norilsk and a combine with mines .. The state has nothing to do with this ..)
  18. Engineer Schukin
    Engineer Schukin 7 May 2021 10: 00
    0
    Quote: Pereira
    What a subtle analysis this shipowner has.

    So this is already here such a stew is being brought so that the audience does not choke.
    You can find the full interview yourself.
  19. Narak-zempo
    Narak-zempo 7 May 2021 23: 35
    0
    The Swedes have forgotten Alexander Nevsky.
    Here is the answer to whom the monument should be erected on the Lubyanka.
    To remember.