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Freighter completes Northwest Passage

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A massive freighter completed a voyage through the hazardous Arctic Northwest Passage for the first time in late September, according to a story by the Reuters news service.

 

 

The 225m M/V Nordic Orion left Pacific port of Vancouver and arrived in the Finnish port of Pori two weeks later, according to AIS shipping data, making the trip about a week shorter than if the ship had passed through the Panama Canal.

 

 

“The Northwest Passage is more than 1,000 nautical miles shorter than the traditional shipping route through the Panama Canal and will save time, fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but even more importantly increase the amount of cargo per transit 25 percent,” said Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish operator of the ship.

 

 

As the ice continues to melt, some experts have estimated that shipping via the Arctic could account for a quarter of the cargo traffic between Europe and Asia by 2030.

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