The container ship 'Caroline Maersk' is docked at the specialized container terminal in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan state, Mexico, on April 4, 2017.
The container ship 'Caroline Maersk' is docked at the specialized container terminal in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan state, Mexico, on April 4, 2017. - 
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Next month, Danish shipping company Maersk will launch the first container ship on an Arctic Ocean route. The 3,600-container ice vessel will travel from Vladivostok in eastern Russia all the way to St. Petersburg in the west using the Northern Sea Route. That's a shipping lane running across Russia's northern coast.

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