🧊Dozens of ships stuck in the Arctic as ice freezes early in reverse of recent warming winters.

Shipping firms are blaming the Russian Met office for a forecast that failed to predict the early ice
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🚢Maritime traffic in the Northern Sea Route has been on the rise in recent years as rapidly warming winters reduce ice cover, and Russia invests in its Arctic ports.

But this year several segments of the Northern Sea Route froze up about a fortnight earlier than usual
🌍Alexei Likhachyov - director general of Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom, which manages the country’s nuclear-power fleet of ice-breakers - said on Monday that the ships included vessels sailing under the flags of Hong Kong and Marshall Islands
❌Companies shipping goods via the Northern Sea Route typically book a Rosatom ice-breaker in advance to accompany their vessel, but did not this time as they were assured of good weather
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🗣️Viktor Gil, captain of The Mikhail Somov, one of the ships stranded along the Northern Sea Route, told the Tass news agency that the situation was “quite dire”.

“The ice is up to one and a half metres thick here,” he said.

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