The award was based on his paper, ‘Container Shipping on the Northern Sea Route’, which predicts the feasibility of opening up a new regular route of trade between Europe and Asia some time before 2015.
Jérôme’s research shows that because of melting Arctic ice sheets, a new commercial maritime route could open via the North, reducing the time and possibly the price of reaching the East. The opening of a new route would also decongest traffic on the Royal Route, which goes through the Suez Canal, and avoid more dangerous, pirate-ridden regions on this same route off the coast of Africa.
“The opening of the Northern Sea Route to container shipping would modify the geography of large international commercial shipping routes. The time it takes to travel from Northern Asian centres of production to consumer markets in Europe and in Northern America would also be reduced, likely reinforcing the commercial relations between the territories,” said Jérôme.
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