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Port Notes: Promising Route in Dispute

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE Over the next several weeks, we will explore what is happening in the Arctic Region and how commercial shipping and port development may be impacted. Stay tuned. The Northwest Passage, also commonly referred to as the “Northern Sea Route” or “Arctic Passage,” is a seasonally-accessible deep water (50 feet +) ocean route connecting Europe and Asia. A vessel enters it in the Bering Strait (between Alaska and the Russian Federation), and then proceeds to follow a winding route amongst the Canadian Arctic Archipelago until finally emerging into the Atlantic Ocean near the southwestern coast of Greenland. The Northwest Passage represents a substanti

Port Notes - Shrinking Ice, Expanding Routes

From the desk of Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE SHRINKING ICE, EXPANDING ROUTES Over the next several weeks, we will explore what is happening in the Arctic Region and how commercial shipping and port development may be impacted. Stay tuned. The world of shipping has long been intrigued by the possibility of transiting the high north to connect Europe and Asia. Recent changes to the polar ice pack as a result of climate change are opening new prospective routes through the high north. These new northern shipping routes would allow for expanded commercial passage of vessels between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and, ultimately, better connections between Asia and Europe. Two principal

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