New route opens due to shrinking arctic sea ice

1:30 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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The new marine route opened up due to shrinking arctic sea ice.

It gives ships a chance to shave nearly three weeks off voyage times from plants in the Barents Sea to energy-hungry Asia.

In September, researchers at NASA announced sea-ice coverage had retreated to its lower level since records began in 1979.

The route is currently open only four months of the year.

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