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Chinese cargo ship reaches Rotterdam via Arctic route

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Chinese cargo ship reaches Rotterdam via Arctic route

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The “Yong Sheng” container ship has become the first Chinese commercial vessel to reach Europe after taking the arctic route north of Russia.

It took 33 days to reach the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The traditional route via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean takes 48 days.

The northeast passage north of Russia and through the Bering Straits is becoming more accessible as the polar ice cap melts.