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Some companies don’t care about the Arctic. We’re going to start calling them out

If any CMA CGM or Hapag-Lloyd managers are reading this, we would like to offer you one month’s free advertising on PortandTerminal.com as our small way of saying thank you for your courage. DP World? It’s going to cost you triple.

PortandTerminal.com, October 6, 2019

MOSCOW – While some major shipping companies are outspokenly refusing to ship cargo through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) for environmental reasons, others don’t seem to care that much. We’re looking at you DP World.

Case in point. In the past month, both CMA CGM and most recently Hapag-Lloyd have both announced that they will not be using the Northern Sea Route for cargo shipments.

“The particles produced by the combustion of carbon-based fossils and fuels contribute to global warming, which can, in turn, harm our ecosystems. As long as there are no guarantees that these passages can be navigated without negatively impacting the environment, using them is out of the question for Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd’s Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability

In August, CMA CGM’s Rodolphe Saade led the shipping industry with an unvarnished condemnation of using the NSR.

CMA CGM says no to Arctic shipping. “We want to be a model for sustainable global prosperity” says its CEO Rodolphe Saade

“No one should support shipping goods from Asia to Europe via the Arctic,” he wrote. “Whoever considers it, supports global warming.”

Rodolphe Saade, CEO, CMA CGM

PortandTerminal.com applauds CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd’s industry leadership on this issue. Our industry and our world need this type of bold leadership now more than ever.

Other major leaders don’t seem to care

DP World Chief Executive Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has teamed up with Russia’s plans to build along the northern sea route in the Arctic.

Other major industry leaders are less bothered by environmental concerns. In June DP World announced that it has teamed up with Moscow to run ports that Russia plans to build along the northern sea route in the Arctic.

“I am expanding in India, Italy, Pakistan, Egypt, Africa, in the UK, Ecuador. We were always missing Russia, Russia is a link,”

DP World Chief Executive Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem

This week, Russian natural gas producer Novatek said it shipped fifteen cargoes from its Yamal LNG plant to Asia via the Northern Sea Route in the third quarter of 2019, putting it on track to increase eastbound shipments by fourfold compared to last year. 

According to Novatek, the eastbound shipments represent approximately 25 percent of all cargoes shipped from Yamal LNG during the quarter. The company anticipates that, in 2019, LNG delivered eastbound to the Asian Pacific markets via the Northern Sea Route will be increased by more than 4 times compared to 2018.

Draw your own conclusions. If any CMA CGM or Hapag-Lloyd managers are reading this, we would like to offer you one month’s free advertising on PortandTerminal.com as our small way of saying thank you for your leadership and courage. DP World? It’s going to cost you triple.

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