China To Begin Commercial Voyage Through Arctic This Year

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    China To Begin Commercial Voyage Through Arctic This Year
    A Chinese shipping firm is planning the country's first commercial voyage through a shortcut across the Arctic Ocean to the United States and Europe in 2013, a leading Chinese scientist said on March 12, 2013 [1].

    Huigen Yang, director general of the Polar Research Institute of China, told Reuters that the trip he led last year on the icebreaker Xuelong, or Snowdragon, to explore the route had "greatly encouraged" Chinese shipping companies.

    "One commercial voyage by a Chinese shipping company may take place this summer," he said.

    For China, the world's No. 2 economy after the US, the route would save time and money. The distance from Shanghai to Hamburg is 2,800 nautical miles (5,185 kms) shorter via the Arctic than via the Suez Canal, Yang said.

    Despite ice risks on a route that is opening because of climate change, shipping as well as oil and gas exploration and mining businesses are being drawn to the Arctic region.

    Yang showed delegates at a conference about the Arctic in Oslo organized by The Economist magazine longer-term scenarios under which between five and 15 percent of China's international trade, mostly container traffic, would use the route by 2020.

    Ten percent of China's projected trade by 2020, for instance, would be worth $683 billion, he said. "If the route is constructively prepared ... then the demand is there, it could be a huge number," he said.

    "We see a potential there but it will not be the new Suez Canal," said Christian Bonfils, managing director of Denmark-based Nordic Bulk Carriers which sent 10 ships through the route in 2012 carrying products such as iron ore.

    "You will not see a boom in the construction of ice-class vessels - the season is too short," he said of a shipping season that lasts from about July to November, referring to ships needing specially hardened hulls.

    Sergei Frank, head of Russia's Sovcomflot shipping company, said that there had been a steady gain in the numbers of vessels using the route in recent years.
    "We expect a small rise this year," he said.

    Another Oslo datelined report [2] said:

    Beijing sent the Xuelong across the Arctic Ocean to Iceland last year, the first Chinese ship to use a route between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that was used by almost 50 commercial vessels from other nations in 2012.

    Ice on the Arctic Ocean shrank to a record low last September since satellite observations began in the 1970s. Many experts expect it will vanish in summers by mid-century due to climate change caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

    The thaw will also make it easier to reach remote regions in the Arctic, without crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic. That could mean more tourism on cruise ships and access to coastal communities and minerals.
     
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    thanks for global warming
     
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    even in winter, ice so thin.no problem at all.
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    poor polar bears, they don't know Chinese are coming
     
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    it we have any problem, @Ray, can you save us , treat us some hot chocolate?
    Indian can not challenge Chinese in arctic.
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    Northwest Passage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    And Chinese don't even mention Canada in interviews for the article above!
     
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    supposedly the traffic through the passage will mainly happen btwn Asia (China esp.) and Europe for the trading volume while not much with Arctic Canada and Alaska.

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    I understand, but there is an issue with Canada's claim to jurisdiction over the passage. I do not believe that Canada's claim would actually interfere with ships making the passage, but I do not really know.
     
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    What is the reason for this taunt?
     
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    haha trade through the northwestern passage...good joke.

    This is just a pipedream of the Chinese. Canada is not going to allow it.
     
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    Canada just wants to enforce its own laws in Northwest Passage, not block Chinese or anybody else.

    Dispute Over NW Passage Revived

     
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    what makes u think it has to be through the northwestern, not the northeastern passage. even the initial post mentioned a sailing to Iceland was made last year.

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    Does the original article refer to Northwest Passage or Northeast Passage (also called Northern Sea Route)?

    Northern Sea Route - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    in case of Asia Europe route Northeast seems more optimal, then Canada is not even bothered.

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    I have no problems.

    But why hot chocolate?

    Want to be a wannabe Westerner?

    bak jau, or shaojiu would be ideal.

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