Iceland builds arctic port as melting ice offers new shipping routes
If the northeast passage between Asia and the US becomes navigable all year round, journey times between the continents will be cut by more than two weeks
Reykjavik — As global warming creates shipping routes that can cut across the northern tip of the planet, a new port is being built on the fringe of the Arctic circle.
Germany’s Bremenports has entered a deal to develop a deep vessel port together with Icelandic partners, according to a statement on Thursday. Bremenports will initially own two-thirds of the joint venture, while Icelandic engineering firm Efla will control about a quarter. The rest will be co-owned by two Icelandic municipalities.
Ships stopping at the new Icelandic port on the island’s northern tip stand to reduce their travel time considerably. “If the northeast passage between Asia and the US becomes navigable all year round, the journey times between these continents will be reduced by more than two weeks,” Bremenports said.
The port also envisages becoming a hub for Greenlandic commodities exports, as well as Icelandic hydrogen.
The development phase will take 3-5 years. The partnership, called Finnafjord Port Development, is also in talks with an fund for investments later in 2019.