Shipping transit traffic along the Arctic's Northern Sea Route (NSR) rose by 59% in 2021 compared with previous years.

Russia's Public Council of the Northern Sea Route, which was formed by state atomic agency Rosatom in 2019, logged over 2 million tonnes (mt) of traffic by 17 December 2021 compared with 1.3 mt in 2020.

It said the transit traffic figure has increased by more than 315% since 2018.