The Arctic route: What does it mean?

Climate change has allowed a Russian gas tanker to travel the Northern Sea Route without an accompanying icebreaker and in record time. The opening up of the high Arctic all year round shaves 30 per cent off the travel time through the conventional Suez Canal-Malacca Strait route, and has implications for global shipping.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'The Arctic route: What does it mean?'. Subscribe