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Maersk is sending a container ship through the Arctic. Here’s why.

Dan Gorenstein Aug 21, 2018
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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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