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The Northern Sea Route as a Shipping Lane

Expectations and Reality


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. The Northern Sea Route in Global Shipping and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tadeusz Pastusiak
      Pages 3-26
  3. Environmental Conditions—Bathymetry, Climate and Hydrology

  4. Technical Conditions—Vessels, Infrastructure, Routes and Nodal Points

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Tadeusz Pastusiak
      Pages 131-152
  5. Current and Future Accessibility of the Northern Sea Route—Expectations and Reality

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-219

About this book


This book analyses the current and future viability of the Northern Sea Route as a stable transport route for the international transit traffic between Europe and the Far East. It includes the present conditions, defining and evaluating viability factors for using the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The book makes a projection for NSR in the future, taking into account the climatic change in the Arctic findings presented in the IPCC report. This study, based on the author’s PhD thesis, analyses meteorological, hydrologic, bathymetric and other data for the evaluation of the navigation criteria. It is intended for a wide spectrum of readers, from students and scientists of Earth sciences and polar geography, navigation, political science researchers and politicians interested in Arctic affairs.


Arctic Sea Ice Conditions Northern Sea Route Russian Arctic Seas Climate Change in the Arctic Marine Governance in the Arctic Shipping Routes in the Arctic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of NavigationGdynia Maritime UniversityGdyniaPoland

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