The Northern Sea Route
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Willy Østreng (Editor in Chief)
The Natural and Societal Challenges of the Northern Sea Route. A Reference Work.
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. 466p. £132.00

The Northern Sea Route (NSR) through Russia's arctic waters may halve sailing distances between Europe and Northeast Asia. It also passes by some of the world's largest oil and gas reserves. Is international, commercial shipping on the NSR feasible - economically, technically and environmentally? And if so, under what conditions? This was the topic of six years of research within the International Northern Sea Route Programme (INSROP), enlisting the expertise of 459 researchers from 14 countries. This ambitious programme was initiated by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, which also functioned as the INSROP secretariate.
    The present volume integrates and presents the results of 104 studies made within INSROP. It is the first work to address the Northern Sea Route in such a comprehensive manner. It should be a reference work of great value to all commercial and political decision-makers concerned with the development of NSR shipping, as well as for all other stakeholders and interested experts.
   The Editor in Chief, Willy Østreng, is Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.