In 2010, Tschudi successfully opened the Northern Sea Route for the first international bulk shipment.
The bulk carrier "MV Nordic Barents", transported the cargo of iron ore from the Sydvaranger mine in Kirkenes to Lianyungang in China. Our project was in close cooperation with Atomflot and the Russian Authorities.
What makes it a historical event for the shipping industry, is that it is the first time a non-Russian ship, with a non-Russian cargo, loaded in a non-Russian port and destined for a non-Russian port has used this route.
"The Northern Sea Route to China shortens the distance of traditional shipping routes through the Suez Canal by more than 40%"
This route has the potential to generate significant savings for both cargo and shipowners with reduced fuel consumption, transportation time and CO2 emission. The fuel savings alone, with a reduced voyage time of approx. 15 days, are substantial.
During a period of 2-4 months a year, companies in the normally disadvantaged remote regions of Northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula (even North West Europe) now have a freight advantage to the fast growing markets in the Far East.
Since the initial 4 passages (110 000mt) in 2010, shipments have increased significant to 62 passages (1 280 000mt) in 2020.
With our solid experience of transshipment, transportation and logistics in the High North, we support cargo owners and shipping companies wanting to utilize the Northern Sea Route for their transportation needs. We can turn a freight disadvantage to an advantage!