St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov took part in a Videocon meeting with RF Premier Mikhail Mishustin held to discuss the development of the Northern Sea Route, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg government told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
After the meeting the Governor said that St. Petersburg is ready to act as a transport hub for the Northern Sea Route as it has a relevant R&D, industrial and innovation potential for that. The city also has well-developed transport infrastructure and port facilities.
St. Petersburg is already part of the Northern Sea Route logistics chain as the nuclear container ship “Sevmorput” calls the Big Port of St. Petersburg annually. St. Petersburg is the only port in European Russia capable of serving such vessels.
Alexander Beglov said: ‘Using the Northern Sea Route will allow of reducing transportation costs and improving the economy of shipping. At present, we are working on finding cargo for backhaul voyages from St. Petersburg to the Far East. We have discussed these issues with the logistics cluster.’
The Governor also reminded that St. Petersburg yards are building ships capable of providing year-round navigation on the Northern Sea Route including icebreakers and rescue and support vessels.
On Monday, the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker “Arktika” built at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg was commissioned in Murmansk. Four more serial icebreakers are under construction in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg is also a training center for qualified specialists to work in the Arctic.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel