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Arctic Shipping Route Ruled Out on Environmental Concerns

24 October 2019   (0 Comments)
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Navigating using the new Northern Sea route through the Bering Strait has become increasingly feasible due to melting of the Arctic Ice Pack. In theory, using the Northern Sea route should be more economical, but major Container Shipping Lines running continuous round-the-world services with massive container ships are taking a very responsible attitude and have decided not to use this route due to both environmental and navigational concerns.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is the latest company to announce that it has decided not to use the Arctic as a new short cut between northern Europe and Asia, and will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes. MSC is convinced that the 21 million containers moved each year for its customers can be transported around the world without passing through this Arctic corridor.


The full press release can be found here: https://www.msc.com/bgr/press/press-releases/2019-october/msc-rules-out-arctic-exploration-on-environmental