Skip to comments.Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts
Posted on 09/28/2010 8:34:28 AM PDT by KeyLargo
Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts
Updated 9:00 AM CDT, Tue, Sep 28, 2010
The search for the Northwest Passage was once the preserve of explorers hoping to find a lucrative new trade route linking Europe with the Far East.
Now the decline in the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean is turning their failed dream into a reality.
Between 1906 and 2006 only 69 ships made the journey but in 2009 alone 24 vessels made the journey, according to Canadian maritime law expert Michael Byers, Germany's Der Spiegel newspaper reported.
Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson recently claimed that the route was becoming a "trans-Arctic Panama Canal," the paper said.
Der Spiegel reported that new ships are being designed to cope with icebergs on the journey.
The MV Nordic Barents is due to arrive in the Chinese port of Lianyungang after a 3,500-mile journey through the Arctic Ocean from the Norwegian port of Kirkenes, the newspaper said. A Russian icebreaker sent to protect the ship, which was carrying iron ore concentrate, was not needed with broken ice floes only passing nearby twice.
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Just like the Vikings did during their heat wave. Neat.
“Der Spiegel reported that new ships are being designed to cope with icebergs on the journey.”
Not globull warming.
The store manager that I deal with daily, has a son-in-law on a NOAA ship. He emailed him and reported that the waters in the northern areas of the Pacific.....near Alaska......are much lower than normal for this time of year...Prediction, The NW region above the 45th parallel will be in for colder than normal winter. The guy actually was pulled off of a leave to report aboard. Nothing official released yet, I just wonder if this will make it into the data set for globull warming.
“Between 1906 and 2006 only 69 ships made the journey but in 2009 alone 24 vessels made the journey.”
The tremendous increase of transatlantic flights over that period should be noted too!
Where are “da Bears”?
Consider the source: NBC.
read the whole article..there’s more in it that shows just how they cherry pick data to report.
Between 1906 and 2006 only 69 ships made the journey but in 2009 alone 24 vessels made the journey.
69 ships is simply not true. Russians are calling it ‘Northern marine route’. It is known since late 19th century. Some 30 years ago they shipped up to 8 million metric tonns from European part to Siberia, Far East and back annually.
They have some 30 icebrakers to support a navigation, including a dozen of super-heavy nuclear powered Lenin class capable to travel at 11 knots through 10 feet thick ice which is twice as thick as average in Arctic Ocean at winter.
Ice was not an obstacle before so I don’t see a big news here.
Nothing that contradicts the left’s new god will be allowed to be made public... unless a Patriot leaks it... and they will.
Thank you for the intel!
In 1903, Amundsen led the first expedition to successfully traverse Canada’s Northwest Passage with six others in a 47-ton steel seal-hunting vessel, Gjøa, with a small gasoline motor. They traveled via Baffin Bay, Lancaster and Peel Sounds, and James Ross, Simpson and Rae Straits and spent two winters near King William Island. After a third winter trapped in the ice, Amundsen navigated into the Beaufort Sea and to the Bering Strait. He was iced in near Victoria Island in 1905 and then sailed to Nome in summer 1906.