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Port Notes: Who is Kicking the Tires?

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE As we’ve been exploring in our Arctic series, there are two existing seasonal sea routes through the Arctic between Europe and Asia: the Northwest Passage (through the Canadian Archipelago) and the Northern Sea Passage (or the “Northeast Passage,” which runs along the north of the Russian Federation). As the polar ice continues to melt, those routes may become accessible year-round, and a third route, the transpolar route, will open up. While the existing routes are currently seasonal, that is not stopping some companies from exploring their viability. The Maersk Container Ship VENTA MAERSK completed a trial passage of the Northern Sea Route in

Port Notes: Going Over the Top

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE After a brief break, we are continuing our exploration of what is happening in the Arctic Region and how commercial shipping and port development may be impacted. Stay tuned. If weather and ice pack weren’t a factor, how would you most efficiently send a container from Shanghai to Rotterdam by marine vessel? Directly over the North Pole, of course. Obviously, at no point in the history of shipping has this been a practical plan of action: there is a giant pack of ice at the north pole and navigating through it is exorbitantly costly. Ships have to be purpose-built for transiting the waters at the top of the world, with reinforced hulls and the a

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