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Northeast Passage

For four months a year, there's now an ice-free route from Alaska to Norway. Learn more.

January 2014

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With the Northeast Passage along Russia’s northern coast now open and largely ice-free four months a year, cargo ship traffic there has increased more than ten-fold since 2010. In late 2013, the Chinese even sent a 19,000-ton vessel through the passage on a freight run.

Some experts see China moving significant traffic to the Northeast Passage in the coming years.

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