Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation - the head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov signed a decree on the establishment of a working group on the organization of a permanent shipping line for transporting fish products along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). It’s about the regular delivery of Far Eastern seafood to the European part of the country. This is reported by the press service of the Corporation for the Development the Kamchatka region (CDKR).
Control over the execution of the order is entrusted to the Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, Peter Savchuk. The working group in a percentage terms includes the most representatives of Kamchatka. Among them are fishermen, transport workers, employees of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kamchatka region. Nikolay Pegin, the CEO of Kamchatka Development Corporation, which has the reputation of one of the world's leading experts in high-latitude sea transportation, is also invited to join the working group.
The broad inclusion of regional representatives in the working group suggests that Kamchatka may become the base point of a permanently operating seafood transportation line, which is quite logical for two reasons. Due to its geographical location, the Kamchatka peninsula is the gateway to the Arctic, and its fishing industry is ahead of other regions of the Far Eastern Federal district in terms of production volumes. Consequently, it has the largest volume of seafood intended for transportation by NSR.
Nikolay Pegin said that the Far Eastern seas seafood transportation via the Northern Sea Route was carried out earlier, but they had episodic, even advertising character and was not always distinguished by well-thought-out logistics. For example, last year the containership Venta Maersk was loaded with Kamchatka fish in Vladivostok. Therefore, such voyages did not affect the cost of Far Eastern seafood on the Russian market. A different result will bring a permanent line of high-speed delivery of fish from the Far East to the European part of the country.
“For the current year, we expect a significant volume of pink salmon near the shores of Kamchatka,” added Nikolay Pegin. “Prompt delivery of shock-freezing Pacific salmon will be a real gift for the Russian fish table.”
The head of CDKR believes that in total the transportation of Far Eastern seafood in the future could add a million tons to the total volume of cargo transported by the NSR. In 2018, the cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route amounted to about 18 million tons. This is an absolute record for the entire operation of the NSR.