Hardly anything illustrates the situation in today’s Arctic better than the dynamics of trans shipments along the Northern Sea Route. Melting ice opens up new waters for longer periods than ever before and at unprecedented speed.
As our interactive visualization below shows, a total of 46 vessels in 2012 sailed transit along the route. Five years ago, the number was zero. In 2009, two ships, the “Beluga Fraternity” and “Beluga Foresight”, made the trans-continental journey. Then, in 2011, the shipments picked pace with as many as 41 vessels.