The Venta Maersk in the Russian port of Vladivostok as it prepares to set off on its Arctic voyage, Russia August 22, 2018.REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev
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A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic as the ice pack melts and recedes. Maersk's new ice class container vessel, Venta Maersk, embarked on a trial journey from the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok in late August, completing the Arctic route in five weeks. Russia is investing heavily in the development of this maritime shortcut that allows ships to cut the journey to Asian ports by 15 days, compared with the conventional route through the Suez Canal.In its draft budget for 2019-21, Russia plans to invest more than 40 billion rubles (519 million euros) into the development of the route.Russian energy expert Ruslan Tankayev believes the Northern Sea Route could be passable all year round by 2050 .
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