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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10235121/Chinese-ship-sets-sail-for-Northeast-Passage.html

The 19,000-tonne freighter belonging to shipping giant Cosco has set off from China, the world’s largest exporter, on a path that will take it through the Northeast Passage, a once-impassable route that is now navigable after sea ice melted in recent years.

The vessel is the first Chinese merchant ship to make the journey to Europe by this route, according to state media. Travelling this way should reduce the journey by 7,000km, thereby cutting shipping times from China to Europe by 12 to 15 days.

The freighter is expected to take 33 days to reach Europe, arriving in Rotterdam on September 11 after it left the northeastern Chinese port of Dalian on Thursday. The new route, also known as the Northern Sea Route, will take the ship by Russia’s northern coastline and allow it to avoid the busy Suez Canal.

So it's going to cut shipping times from China to Europe to 15 days yet it's going to take 33 days?

Looks like we will soon be able to get our hands on cheap tat even sooner.

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They take around that now to do Ningbo to Felixstowe so no saving on time.Dalian is the northern port though and the 3rd biggest manufacturing area so could be a small saving on time from there,iv never used Dalian.I cant see many customers booking onto ship going the northern passage route though.Lots of added risk for no gain.

More like they are testing the route in case the Suez gets shut for any reason.

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They take around that now to do Ningbo to Felixstowe so no saving on time.Dalian is the northern port though and the 3rd biggest manufacturing area so could be a small saving on time from there,iv never used Dalian.I cant see many customers booking onto ship going the northern passage route though.Lots of added risk for no gain.

More like they are testing the route in case the Suez gets shut for any reason.

It's only been a plausable route in the last few years. This year has actually been worse than last year, when you could almost sail to the pole...

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The melting ice has basically opened up a new front north of Canada/US.

In the 50s and 60s the US stationed a long line of radar and missile sites just below the Artic Circle in Canada. They were there to watch for an invasion by Soviet planes or missiles.

They eventually cancelled and tore down the stations when they realised that the men inside them were so bored that they were missing test flights flying back and forth above the missile stations.

The Dew - Distance Early Warning - line.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distant_Early_Warning_Line

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