Russia sends thin-bottomed tankers along Arctic route for the first time

To shorten the route to China, Russia is using the northern sea route past the North Pole – and now with ships that are not designed to sail in ice-filled waters.
File photo of Russian oil tanker in Nakhodka Bay in eastern Russia.
File photo of Russian oil tanker in Nakhodka Bay in eastern Russia.

Russia has for the first time allowed tankers that are not reinforced at the bottom against collisions with icebergs to sail a northern sea route through Arctic waters to China, reports the Financial Times.

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