Cargo Ship Crosses The Arctic Without Aid Of Ice Breaker For First Time Ever
Crossing the Arctic used to be the ultimate challenge once. Not every expedition was successful From Franklin to Peary, the Arctic didn’t make it easy. Now for the first time ever a Russian tanker without any kind of icebreaker has sailed through the usually icy waters. A worrying example of climate change along a success for shipping routes, surely.
From Norway to South Korea the tanker crossed in just 19 days, which records for 30 percent faster than taking the usual route through the Suez Canal. Russian Arctic section of the route was traversed in just six and a half days.
At a devastating speed of the current rate of melting sea ice in the Arctic, scientists predicted that during the summer months by 2040 ships will be able to cross it and all year round by 2100 ocean shipping lanes will be navigable.
In routine the only way to sail through the Arctic used to be was with the aid of an icebreaker but this time tanker, which was specially designed to take advantage of the sea ice melting by having an inbuilt one that allowed it to get through ice around 1.2 meters (4 feet) thick without an escort.