Polish media spoke about the main advantage of the Northern Sea Route over the Suez Canal.
Poland called the advantages of the Northern Sea Route over the Suez Canal
In connection with the accident in the Suez Canal in Russia, they started talking about the fact that sea traffic can be redirected along the Northern Sea Route. The possibility of Moscow to earn a lot of money from the ferries worries the Polish media, which believe that the NSR is not an alternative to the Suez Canal. Nevertheless, regardless of this, the development and demand for the route is only increasing. The Polish edition of Biznes Alert writes about this.
According to the author of the article, despite Russia’s expectations, the NSR will not be able to become a real alternative. However, the main advantage of this route is the distance. The shipping route from Tokyo to Rotterdam via the Suez Canal is approximately 18,200 kilometers in length and 11,250 kilometers using the Northern Sea Route. In addition, it runs through sparsely populated regions along the state border of Russia, which has been actively involved in the militarization of the Arctic over the past decade.
However, despite the convenience and safety of the route, the NSR also has disadvantages. Its main disadvantage is seasonality. Theoretically, the navigation season lasts an average of 8 months there, but in reality, transportation often turns out to be possible only from May to the end of October, and even during this period of time the water is covered with ice.