An exploratory study on the Northern Sea Route as an alternative shipping passage

Helene Bareksten Solvang, Stavros Karamperidis*, Nikolaos Valantasis-Kanellos, Dong-Wook Song

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This qualitative inductive research explores the potential benefits for the Scandinavian economy and ports through the implementation of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) as an alternative for container shipping to the established Southern route through the Suez Canal. To extract expert’s opinions and address these objectives, we utilised in-depth face-to-face semi-structured interviews through purposive sampling in a single case study setting. The analysis of the data demonstrates that the commercialisation of NSR can yield benefits for the Scandinavian economy (e.g. GDP increase, jobs creation) and reveals the benefits of Scandinavian ports (e.g. ECA’s, flexibility, hinterland, etc.) compared to other ports in North West Europe, which potentially grasp the NSR as an opportunity. However, it is highlighted that this can only be achieved if Scandinavian countries are proactive and secure their involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-513
Number of pages19
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Issue number4
Early online date19 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2018


  • alternative trade route
  • containers
  • NSR
  • Scandinavian countries
  • transhipment hub

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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