The following infographic shows how a general container-ship travel distance would decrease as a result of global warming that opens the Arctic passage. 

Until August 24th, 2018, 9.95 million tons of goods went through ports in the region which is an 81% increase compared to last year's 5.5 million. 

Though this passage is feasible only for 3 months of the year, global warming is making it advantages for major shipping companies because temperatures this year in the Arctic Circle are unusually warm with a recorded high of topping 30-degree Celsius on several occasions. 

Although the travel time can be reduced by two weeks comparing the southern route, overall costs are still higher because the vessels are accompanied by a nuclear-powered icebreaker. 

Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/15279/northern-and-southern-sea-routes-between-europe-and-east-asia/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

Arctic Passage opens for Container ships as a result of Global warming

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The following infographic shows how a general container-ship travel distance would decrease as a result of global warming that opens the Arctic passage.

Until August 24th, 2018, 9.95 million tons of goods went through ports in the region which is an 81% increase compared to last year's 5.5 million.

Though this passage is feasible only for 3 months of the year, global warming is making it advantages for major shipping companies because temperatures this year in the Arctic Circle are unusually warm with a recorded high of topping 30-degree Celsius on several occasions.

Although the travel time can be reduced by two weeks comparing the southern route, overall costs are still higher because the vessels are accompanied by a nuclear-powered icebreaker.

Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/15279/northern-and-southern-sea-routes-between-europe-and-east-asia/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

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