First Russian shipping company joins World Ocean Council

Northern Shipping Company (NSC), a 150-year-old company, strengthened its commitment to responsible and sustainable operations by joining the World Ocean Council (WOC), the Global Blue Economy Business Organization, as the first WOC Member from Russia.

NSC’s membership builds on its participation in the WOC-led Industry Liaison Panel (ILP) of the Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE), which is working to develop international collaboration for meeting the needs of marine-based research in the Arctic. 

The ILP brings together Arctic maritime industry representatives to catalyze science/industry interaction. The panel provides recommendations and support to the EU-funded ARICE project on science and industry cooperation for responsible use of the Arctic.

NSC General Director Yakov Antonov stated, “Our long standing and responsible operation in the Arctic is very natural to the fundamentals of the Blue Economy initiative as it serves to both preserve the marine environment and provide high quality logistical solutions. We are proud to be a part of it.”

Founded in 1870 and headquartered in Arkhangelsk, Russia, NSC is a major shipping company from Northwest Russia providing carriage by sea all around the world including via the Northern Sea Route.  It operates as a carrier for traditional export of wood, timber products and steel, with trade routes mostly in ex-White Sea and Baltic for Western Europe and the Mediterranean. 

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