Turning Point
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Ragner, Claes Lykke (ed.)
The 21st Century - Turning Point for the Northern Sea Route?
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000. 307 p.

The Northern Sea Route (NSR) along the coast of Siberia has the potential of cutting sailing distances between Northwest Europe and Northeast Asia with as much as 50%. Furthermore, the route passes some of the world’s largest deposits of oil and gas.
     The route’s feasibility – in commercial, technological and environmental terms – has been the object of  several years of research within the International Northern Sea Route Programme (INSROP) coordinated by the Fridtjof Nansens Institute. The results of this research was presented to the international shipping industry and other potential users and stakeholders at the Northern Sea Route User Conference in Oslo, November 1999. Furthermore, new Russian policies towards Northern Sea Route shipping were presented at the Conference by Russian transport authorities.
     The present volume contains the Conference Proceedings, where the question of international shipping on the NSR is discussed more comprehensively than ever – not only as a theoretical object of research, but also as a practical object of use as assessed from commercial, political and maritime viewpoints.