Commercial interest, in another marker of rising interest, Rosatomflot, which sends one of its ten atomic-powered icebreakers to smash through ice as thick as 2 meters, received 15 requests to escort Arctic voyages in 2011, against four in 2010.
One of the chief lures of the Arctic transport corridor is as a means of avoiding pirates in the waters off East Africa, Sovkomflot's deputy chief Evegeny Ambrosov told forum guests.
Russian plans to revive the Soviet-era shipping lane as polar ice cover receded to near record lows this summer could speed energy deliveries to China and boost business for cargo suppliers such as state-owned Sovkomflot.
High energy prices fueled by demand from China and other emerging economies are helping spur interest in the Northern Sea Route, which trims 4,000 nautical miles off the southern alternative via the Suez Canal.Pioneering, the Arctic was crossed in a record eight days last month by the STI Heritage tanker, owned by Scorpio Tankers Inc., powering from the United States to Thailand.Russia plans to sell a 25 percent stake in state-owned shipping giant Sovkomflot to the public, but has postponed the sale due to turmoil in financial polske kvinder i hamborg markets."I have no doubt this is just the beginning Putin said of the latest pioneering voyages."I want to stress the importance of the Northern Sea Route as an international transport artery that will rival traditional trade lanes in service fees, security and quality Putin said.This route is almost a third shorter than alexa copenhaen escort the traditional southern one Putin told participants, who included Iceland President Olafur Grimsson.Worried over tanker traffic in the Arctic's pristine waters, in addition to resource drilling, ecologists warn it could be far harder to stem any oil leaks, for instance, than in the Gulf of Mexico after BP Plc's catastrophic spill in 2010."The shortest route between Europe's largest markets and the Asia-Pacific region lie across the Arctic."States and private companies who chose the Arctic trade routes will undoubtedly reap economic advantages.".To meet demand, Putin said Russia will spend 38 billion roubles (1.2 billion) through 2014 on adding to its atomic icebreaker fleet and plans to build three more by 2020.In August, Sovkomflot's supertanker, the Vladimir Tikhonov, ferrying 120,000 tons of natural gas condensate, became the largest vessel of its kind to forge the passage.Donate a certain amount per barrel to a fund that would secure rehabilitation and capacity for urgent action World Wildlife Fund's Evgeny Schwartz told Reuters.Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday predicted Arctic shipping routes along Russia's northern coast would soon rival the Suez Canal as a quicker trade link from Europe to Asia.

With scientists across the globe predicting a thaw linked to climate change could deliver ice-free Arctic summers within a decade, Sovkomflot and others have increased test cargoes via the polar region, in spite of higher costs.