Northern Sea (Arctic) Route unlikely to become commercially viable in the foreseeable future: Global maritime expert

Global maritime expert Koji Sekimizu acknowledged that the Arctic Route would pose a threat to other shipping lanes, including the Singapore and Malacca straits.
Global maritime expert Koji Sekimizu acknowledged that the Arctic Route would pose a threat to other shipping lanes, including the Singapore and Malacca straits.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - The Northern Sea (Arctic) Route could effectively halve the sailing distance between the Far East and Europe but is unlikely to become commercially viable in the foreseeable future, said global maritime expert Koji Sekimizu.

He told The Straits Times during an interview on Monday (Sept 24), : "We don't know yet if the Arctic will become a major shipping route but (even if it does) I don't expect that it will happen in the foreseeable future; not in the next 10-15 years at least."

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