Arctic logistics — a new look

Effective solution of logistics problems in the Arctic Ocean can provide economic benefits for Russia, comparable in importance to the operation of channels between the oceans — Suez and Panama. Economically efficient yearround navigation along the northern transport corridor is possible with an underwater delivery of goods scheme. To reduce the cost of the project, it is proposed to build transport submarine from fiber and armature concrete, much more cheap and technological materials in comparison to steel. Load-unloading is proposed to be made in lighters, and loading of lighters into underwater transport ships is carried out before the ice border. Opening very large and heavy (more than 10,000 tons) hatches for lighters loading is possible in the underwater position of the transport ship, when the weight of the hatches is compensated by Archimedes’ force. The possibility of building a fleet of underwater transport ships to solve logistics problems in the Arctic Ocean is being considered, and its economic efficiency is estimated using the example of capturing 5-10% of the container traffic market on the Southeast Asia – Europe route

Keywords: underwater transport vessels, reinforced concrete


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