Experts Say That You Can Now Sail Across The Arctic

Global warming creates Arctic shipping route opportunity

09/07 15:09 CET

With the melting of sea ice due to global warming effects, the Arctic Ocean route, the shortest shipping route linking Europe and Asia, has opened up in the past few years, a MOL spokesman said.

Global warming creates Arctic shipping route opportunity | euronews, corporate

What a wonderful idea – except for the fact that the Arctic Ocean is completely blocked with ice.

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25 Responses to Experts Say That You Can Now Sail Across The Arctic

  1. Brian G Valentine says:

    Pity that NSIDC provides no “Doofus Alert” not to try crossing it in a rowboat or canoe

  2. gregole says:

    Ah makes me nostalgic for those good-old days when a few utterly confused academics, assorted kooks, and of course publicity whores, opportunists and charlatans actually had the public believing the Arctic would be ice-free; and somehow that was “bad”.

    How funny in retrospect.

    Say, has anyone heard from Serraze lately?

    • mjc says:

      “The mariner intends to sail to Barrow to resupply and await safer weather conditions before continuing his journey.”

      I wonder how long the wait will be.

      And something about the first article that struck me as being very funny…if the route is supposed to be ‘ice free’ then why are they…

      “In a joint venture with China Shipping, it will use three icebreakers, which have been ordered from South Korea’s Daewoo. “

  3. Dave N says:

    What they meant to say was that you can paddle a canoe along the north coast of Alaska

  4. northernont says:

    I think the writer of that linked story was being disingenuous, by not clarifying that the route he was describing is the NorthEast Passage which has had commercial shipping traffic on and off for the last 100 years. Not to be confused with the NorthWest passage. Some years requires heavy icebreaker support,others do not.

  5. Cam says:

    What I find staggering, is given the fragile state of sea ice in the Arctic that ice breakers should be allowed to smash through the sea ice and further damage the region. Where are the so called environmentalists trying to stop the boats from damaging what “remains” of the Northern ice.

    Oh the hypocrisy of the left of which I used to belong!

    • Andy Oz says:

      +1
      Here in Australia, Greens refuse to “Stop the Boats” of illegal immigrants. So they are entirely consistent with not stopping the boats in the Arctic, except the boats are fossil fuelled!! So they are pro fossil fuel and/or nuclear vessels as well as being anti carbon!
      You have to twist your neck to get your brain around this but Greens can do it.

  6. Andy says:

    On the Northern passage side ( Siberia aka NE Passage ) that tongue of multiyear ice is going to be hard to melt, so I am not convinced that will be open this year.

    For the NW passage it might be open but I think it will be tricky, mind you it is a warm week ahead. Won’t be open for long though if it is

    Andy

  7. The ol' Sea dog says:

    According to Canada Ice Service, the NW Passage is blocked by fast ice. i.e. Ice all the way to the Ocean floor.

  8. wwlee4411 says:

    Reblogged this on wwlee4411 and commented:
    Yeah. Someone tried, and the Coast Guard had to come rescue them!

  9. Maybe the volcano will kick in and make it look like they know what they are talking about, and melt the ice for them.So Gore can go around saying none of our children will see any snow again.

  10. Beau Jeste says:

    I wonder if this is anything to do with weather modification techniques, ‘polar vortex’s’ and jetstreams moving 1,000 miles south of where they should have been and in the case of the UK x5 major storms with pressure readings of less than 980?
    Just a thought…

  11. Chip Bennett says:

    Maybe by “shipping” they didn’t mean boats, but rather tractor trailers?

    I can just see it now: a perfect spin-off opportunity for Ice Road Truckers!

  12. John B., M.D. says:

    Well, the article does say they are bringing ice breakers. Time will tell if their plans succeed.

  13. J Calvert N(UK) says:

    The Healy’s AloftCon webcam records the icebreaker’s (very gentle) approach up to the yacht here . . http://icefloe.net/Aloftcon_Photos/index.php?album=2014&image=20140712-2039.jpeg

    That sea ice off Barrow is amazingly nasty and dirty!

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