Vatican newspaper: Northern Sea Route could transform world commerce
August 23, 2018
The August 23 edition of L’Osservatore Romano devoted prominent front-page coverage to the decision by the world’s largest seaborne freight company to test the feasibility of an Arctic shipping route—an option made possible by the melting of Arctic ice.
The potential Northern Sea Route would allow ships to travel from Asia to Europe along the coast of northern Russia.
Describing the route as “the new Silk Road” that could rival the Suez Canal, the unsigned L’Osservatore Romano article stated that “the news in itself may seem too technical and of little importance. But is not so. In reality, it is an important step” that could “profoundly transform the face of the commercial world.”
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- Parte la sfida alla nuova Via della seta (L’Osservatore Romano)
- Maersk launches container ship on Arctic route (Financial Times)
- World's Largest Shipping Company Heads Into Arctic As Global Warming Opens The Way (NPR)
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