By Katy Evans
25 AUG 2017, 15:30
Once upon a time, crossing the Arctic was the ultimate challenge. From Franklin to Peary, the Arctic didn’t make it easy, and not every expedition was successful. Now, a Russian tanker has sailed through the usually icy waters without any kind of ice breaker for the first time ever. A success for shipping routes, surely, but a worrying example of climate change too.
The tanker crossed from Norway to South Korea in just 19 days, 30 percent faster than taking the usual route through the Suez Canal, traversing the Russian Arctic section of the route in just six and a half days.
Due to the current rate of melting sea ice in the Arctic, it’s predicted that ships will be able to cross it during the summer months by 2040, and ocean shipping lanes will be navigable all year round by 2100.
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