Russia’s Arctic sea route is not the only alternative Russia could provide to the Suez Canal, which was blocked for six days in March, forcing global carriers to reroute ships and challenging international supply chains.
Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska expressed the hope that Russian Railways, the country’s state-run monopoly, would take a fresh look at the country’s transportation services in the light of the catastrophic event on one of the world’s most important waterways.
According to the businessman, Russia has several projects that could easily become an adequate substitute for the Egyptian canal, the most important of which is the upgrading of the Trans-Siberian Railway, connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East.
China doubled cargo-trafficked goods by rail through Russia and Asia in the first two months of the current year, as rising prices and the long sea delivery are forcing Beijing to increase rail transportation,” the founder of the world’s second-largest aluminum company said on Telegram.
He added that the blockage of the Suez Canal should persuade the international community to rapidly develop railway transportation from Asia to Europe. The most obvious and economically justified goal is to turn Russia into a major hub that could become a fully functional link between Europe and Asia.
The Suez Canal, which accounts for about 15% of all very polluting shipping traffic, was blocked when the 400-meter container vessel ‘Ever Given’ was grounded across the waterway. The blockage placed immense pressure on supply chains, and could reportedly have cost global trade up to $10 billion a week.
Deripaska stressed that the reconstruction of the key railway line, the so-called ‘Siberian Cedar Road,’ could even become a competitive alternative to the new Chinese ‘Silk Road’ connecting central Asia with Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
The economic and geopolitical ramifications can not be overstated. If the Europeans are stressed over their dependency on Russian energy, they’ll be even more so when they see everything from cars, cookies, phones start arriving after 18 days by train, instead of 6 weeks by sea.
Many ships that were blocked in the Suez Canal last week were discovered to be carrying weapons – believed to be used to start a bigger war in the Middle-East. Why? The weapons were going to be given to the Muslims by the Israel Mossad.
Over a thousand trafficked children and dead bodies have also been rescued out of shipping containers in the Suez Canal by US Navy Seals. Sources say that as of this writing, children were still being rescued and bodies discovered in Evergreen’s 18,000+ containers.
Human traffickers were being arrested and cartels busted – losing critical income for their owners worldwide. The Deep State Operation was said to have lost $400 p/h an hour while the ships were stuck for a week. However that would pale in comparison to what those children were undergoing.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Shipping News 2021.