Two major arctic shipping routes have opened for the first time since 2013, following the opening of the Northern Sea Route through the Russian arctic in early September, 2015, with both passages now officially open for business, according to gCaptain.
In a previous news article by PTI, It was reported that Chinese shipping line Cosco are looking to focus on boosting shipments along the arctic route, a move which has been made as a result of the reduction in time taken to travel from Asia to Europe.
Private weather service company Global Ice Center, said: “The GIC expects ice to continue melting until mid-September when air temperatures will start to fall, and sea ice refreezes outward.
“In the northwest passage where ice easily freezes over the many islands, closing is expected in the latter half of September, followed by the northeast side in October when coastal ice reappears, and closes the route.”
Although arctic shipping routes are seen as beneficial for commercial shipping activities, there has been concern that emissions from ships in the region could soar to as much as 600% by 2025.
Despite this claim however, the International Chamber of Shipping has spoken confidently that shipping emissions in this area will be kept under control and will adhere to the binding agreement set out by the IMO to ensure cleaner shipping.