In the presence of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, COSCO SHIPPING, PAO NOVATEK, PAO Sovcomflot, and Silk Road Fund signed an Agreement in respect of the Maritime Arctic Transport LLC (“MArT”) in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 7, local time. Chairman of COSCO SHIPPING Capt. Xu Lirong, Executive Director and President of Silk Road Fund Mr. Wang Yanzhi, Chairman of the Board of PAO NOVATEK Mr. Leonid Mikhelson, and President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot Mr. Sergey Frank signed the Agreement on behalf of each party.
The signing of the Agreement is a key step taken by Chinese and Russian enterprises to actively participate in the commercialized operation of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). It will inject new opportunities and impetus for the joint development and exploitation of NSR by enterprises from the two countries.
According to the Agreement, the four parties intend to establish a long-term partnership providing for the joint development, financing and implementing year-round logistics arrangements for shipping from the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation to the Asia-Pacific region, as well as organizing transit cargo traffic along the NSR between Asia and Western Europe.
It is also agreed among the parties that this move can help push forward the development of NSR into an international commercial transport corridor between the Pacific and Atlantic basins. It will play a big part in further optimizing the international trade corridors and facilitating world connectivity and economic growth.
Executive Vice President of COSCO SHIPPING Mr. Huang Xiaowen, executives from the Strategy & Corporate Management Division and Public Relations Division, as well as heads of COSCO SHIPPING Energy and COSCO SHIPPING Europe were also present at the signing ceremony.