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Northern Sea cargo traffic down 4.3 times in 2014

Staff writer |
In 2014, transit cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route dropped 4.3 times, year-on-year, to 274,300 t, RF Ministry of Transport says.

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In 2013, there were 37 transit voyages including 25 voyages by vessels flying foreign flags while the year of 2014 saw only 23 transit voyages along NSR including only 6 voyages by foreign vessels. All in all, they carried 274,300 t of different transit cargoes including 185,400 t of liquid bulk cargo (down 4.5 times) and 88,900 t of dry cargo (down 3.8 times).

Total cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route climbed by 31.6%, year-on-year, to 3.7 mln t including 2.51 mln t of general cargo (up 1.5 times), 230,200 t of coal (-45%, year-on-year), 80,800 t of ore (up 2.4 times), 757,100 t of oil products (+24.9%) and 124,600 t of gas condensate (-1.4%).

The majority of cargo was transported by west-to-east direction - 185,400 t (only liquid bulk cargo) while east-to-west direction saw transportation of 88,900 t of cargo (dry cargo).