Arctic News and Issues / Northwest Passage


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From The Hellenic Shipping News

MEPC 60 Exclusive: Arctic could become the new Singapore
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As the reality of transiting an ice-free Northwest Passage moves one step closer, the US government is being warned it is at serious risk of lagging behind on matters of security, sovereignty and the environment.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=92724&Itemid=79

Comment: In terms of transport and resources, the Arctic regions are going to become very important in the years to come. Hence the justification for a seperate thread for news and discussion.​
 
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From The Professional Mariner:

Arctic hazards include shallow water, fickle weather and herds of caribou
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While some commercial vessel operators are only now discovering their ability to navigate in the Arctic, Capt. Sean Anderson and the pushboat Aku have been fixtures on the northwestern Alaska waters for decades.

Each summer, the 860-hp towing vessel and a 120-foot fuel barge are busy delivering gasoline and other products to villages along Alaska’s Kobuk, Selawik and Buckland rivers. Operated by Crowley Maritime Corp., the vessels are based at a fuel terminal at Kotzebue, the state’s largest native village.
Feature story at http://www.professionalmariner.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=420C4D38DC9C4E3A903315CDDC65AD72&nm=Archives&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8 F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=BB1F0ECA84F74847B427883CF6D60DDF
 
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From Canoe News:

Coast guard sends oil spill kits to Arctic communities
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Increased traffic through Arctic waters is prompting the coast guard help northern communities to respond to oil spills.

And as interest grows in energy development off northern coastlines, Canadian scientists are planning their first field tests of a new technique they hope will give them a powerful tool against future accidents.
More at http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/04/04/13460666.html
 
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From BYM:

Jean-Louis Etienne recovered by Generali Arctic Observer team in Sakha
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On Sunday morning in Siberia (around midnight back in Western Europe), the Generali Arctic Observer team met up with Jean-Louis Etienne and his balloon in the middle of Sakha in central Russia. Once the balloon was totally deflated, the team and the rozií¨re balloon were taken on board a large Russian MI-8 helicopter to head for Yakutsk, with the return to France scheduled for early in the week.
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=67837

Comment: At least this stunt was successful. Past attempts haven't been as fortunate.​
 
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From the U.S.Coast Gaurd:

Video release: Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea returns from Bering Sea Ecosystem Science Cruise
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SEATTLE - After a two-month deployment in support of the Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (BEST) the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea is scheduled to return to homeport here April, 16, 2010. BEST is part of a six-year study supported by the Coast Guard, National Science Foundation and North Pacific Research Board. During the patrol, a team of 25 scientists examined the impact of changing ice conditions on the food web structure in the Bering Sea.
Full press release with links to the vidio at http://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/21/520815/
 
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From CruiseIndustryNews:

4/20/10 - The World Embarks on Polar Expedition to Greenland
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The World, a one-of-a-kind residential community at sea, will visit Greenland, the largest and least densely populated island on earth, from September 1 — 18, 2010 for an incredible journey though one of the planet's most breathtaking destinations. More than two weeks will be devoted to Greenland's Ice Age glaciers, deep fjords, towering mountains and majestic wilderness.
More at http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/3899-42010-the-world-embarks-on-polar-expedition-to-greenland.html

Comment: The tourism continues!​
 
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From The CBC:

Oil spill raises Arctic offshore drilling concerns
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The oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has raised questions about the safety of drilling for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea.

Oil companies like BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Imperial Oil have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to lease large tracts of the Beaufort seabed for exploration.
More at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/04/30/arctic-drilling-spills.html
 
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From MSNBC:

Shell to court: We're ready to drill Arctic Ocean
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Shell Oil is ready to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer and asked a federal appeals court Thursday to rule quickly on a challenge by environmentalists concerned about the risk of a major spill after the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36983404/ns/technology_and_science-science/

NOTE TO SHELL: Perhaps this isn't such a swift time to make an issue of this. Offshore drilling is in somewhat ill-repute at the moment.​
 
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Recently in the news (not that I can currently find a suitable article to link to) is that the thaw in the north is providing extraordinary access to the North West Passage, Beecher Island and surrounds for those interested in tracing more of what happened to Franklin's expedition.

Just wondering if anyone else had seen any of it?
 
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>>Just wondering if anyone else had seen any of it?<<

There have been a few stories which I've posted...if I recall correctly...in the Royal Navy folder. Doesn't look like it's going anywhere. The last time I heard anything, it had been called off.
 
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From The CBC:

Arctic oil spill cleanup research cancelled
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Federal government plans to perform a controlled oil spill in the High Arctic have been cancelled this year because the scientist spearheading the project is working on the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans planned to dump 1,200 litres of oil in Barrow Strait, Wellington Channel and Lancaster Sound in August to test spill dispersion methods.
More at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/05/19/arctic-oil-spill-research.html
 

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