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Shorter travel time because of diminishing Polar ice

Container ships using the Northern Sea Route across the top of the world can cut the length of voyages by 40% compared with travelling via the Suez Canal. And sometimes, ships can now even cross the Northern Sea Route during winter.

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While the thinning ice does present opportunities for increasing trade, perhaps the drawbacks will outweigh the benefits.

Publication date: 2/19/2018


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