Worth noting, IMHO, is that this is largely a western Russian Arctic phenomenon; easter arctic routes are still building but slowly.
For me this is interesting because the record shipping levels are announced despite the impact of COVID, which in a different publication I read today suggests Russia has admitted the third highest COVID rates (I assume, per capita) in the world. Add to that the announcement that Russia will build another nuclear-powered icebreaker, and suddenly the Atlantic is open year-round for traffic from Russia’s western arctic regions. In theory that would include all assets of the Northern Fleet. Members of which, in yet another article I spotted today (perhaps also in the Barents Observer) are receiving their second shots of COVID vaccine.
Maybe it’s only because the Observer is a regional news source, and perhaps choose what they offer to online subscribers, but I find myself trying to weave these semi-related news items into whole cloth.
Chers. And stay safe. Brian G
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