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The Northern Sea Route can double its borders
The borders of the Northern Sea Route can be almost doubled due to the water area from Murmansk to Sakhalin. This proposal was made by the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, at a meeting of the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic.
As the Kommersant, it is proposed to include the waters of the Bering, Pechora, Barents, White and Okhotsk seas. In this regard, it is planned to amend the merchant shipping code (KTM). Corresponding instructions for the implementation of the issue were given to the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Eastern Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rosatom.
The borders of the Northern Sea Route are marked by the Kara Gate in the west and Providence Bay in the east due to the peculiarities of international law related to the freezing of the seas. According to experts, when making changes to the KTM, there will be contradictions with international law due to the automatic expansion of the rules of navigation to new waters.
In addition, the so-called Polar Code has been operating in the Arctic since 2017, and the proposed geography of the NSR extends far beyond its borders. And this, according to experts, may be inadequately perceived by the international maritime community.
Late last year, infrastructure development plan Northern Sea Route until 2035 approved by the Russian government. The order was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The day before, Vladimir Putin instructed to work out the idea of supplying fish caught in the Far East, according to Northern Sea Route.
At the end of last year, the Russian government expected that the volume of goods transported along the Northern Sea Route will reach 2035 160 million tons. According to Alexander Krutikov, deputy head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, this is two times higher than the figures planned for 2024.