Geopolitics and the Northern Sea Route

Towards a shorter and faster Northern East Route

Tanker sails through Northeast Passage as Arctic ice caps melt

A gas tanker has powered its way across the top of the world and is set to enter Japanese waters after a west-to-east voyage through the Arctic ice lasting 25 days. It is a hugely symbolic moment: the melting of the ice caps has brought tantalisingly close the dream of 16th-century explorers to use the Northeast sea route all year round to link Europe to the riches of China and India.