Within the framework of the St. Petersburg international economic forum, in St. Petersburg, on June 6, 2019 in the cabin of the icebreaker “Arctic” which is held under construction at the Baltic Shipyard, a constituent meeting of the Public Council of the Northern Sea Route was held. This is reported by the press service of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the federal executives and legislative branches of the subjects included in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation; major Russian and international companies operating in the Arctic; scientists, public organizations and the media. In particular, the event was attended by Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Alexey Likhachev, CEO of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “ROSATOM”; Ivan Boltenkov, Deputy Governor of the Nenets Autonomous District; Zakhary Dzhioev, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport of the Russian Federation; Zsolt Katona, CEO of Maersk LLC; Sergey Frank, General Director of public JSC “Sovcomflot”; Mustafa Kashka, CEO of the FSUE “Atomflot”; Alexey Kadilov, CEO of JSC “Baltic Shipyard” and others.
The State Atomic Energy Corporation “ROSATOM” clarified that such major international companies as Maersk and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL Line) showed interest in the work of the Public Council of Northern Sea Route.
The CEO of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “ROSATOM” Alexei Likhachev during the meeting noted that the Council is necessary to make decisions on the development of the Northern Sea Route, taking into account the views of all stakeholders, including foreign partners.
In turn, Sergey Frank, the CEO of public JSC “Sovcomflot”, said that “he supports the creation of the Public Council of the Northern Sea Route”. Sergey Frank noted that the importance of the Northern Sea Route as a global transport artery is increasing from year to year. He recalled that by the end of 2018, the volume of cargo transportation through the Northern Sea Route almost doubled to 19.7 million tons, primarily due to the implementation of large industrial projects in the Arctic. Sergey Frank stressed that the role of the Northern Sea Route for international trade will grow in the future.
“We are faced with the responsible task of ensuring the needs of all users of the Northern Sea Route in a safe, uninterrupted, cost-effective and year-round navigation, its transformation into a competitive and commercially efficient route. Implementing the idea of creating a Public Council will help to attract all interested parties to the discussion of the existing problems - including the business community, shippers and carriers - and further increase the expert level of the decisions made,” said Sergey Frank.
During the meeting, it was decided to form the Organizing Committee of the Council. Sergey Frank, the CEO of public JSC “Sovcomflot”, was elected head of the Organizing Committee. It was announced that the next meeting of the Council will be held at the Eastern Economic Forum in September 2019.