Northeast Passage open for commercial shipping

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    Arctic Sea Ice Melt Provides Opening For Commercial Shipping - Irish Weather Online

    Icebreaker-free shipping through the Northern Sea Route can now proceed following a near-record rate of Arctic ice melt, Russia’s environmental agency announced on Wednesday.

    The Federal Hydrometeorological and Environmental Monitoring Service said that an expansive area of the Northern Sea Route has allowed for the opening of shipping lanes fit for cargo traffic between Europe and Asia.

    A Belgium-owned tanker ship has already successfully transported oil condensate through the Bering Strait to a port in China.

    The Northern Sea Route, sometimes referred to as the Northeast Passage, is a shipping lane officially defined by Russian legislation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean specifically running along the Russian Arctic coast from Murmansk on the Barents Sea, along Siberia, to the Bering Strait and Far East. The entire route lies in Arctic waters and parts are free of ice for only two months per year.

    However, a 56% decline in ice extent in many areas has now left enabled marine shipping to continue through to the middle of autumn.

    Bloomberg reported last month that Russia plans to revive a Soviet-era Arctic sea passage to service energy projects and provide a shorter supply route to Asia. Opening the northern sea route may allow state-owned company Sovcomflot to speed natural-gas deliveries to China and secure new cargos between Europe and Asia by offering a quicker alternative to the Suez Canal.
     
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    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/NEWIMAGES/arctic.seaice.color.000.png

    Northeast Passage open, Northwest Passage nearly so. Interesting pattern of ice breaking up on the northern coast of Greenland. Wonder how that will effect the glaciers on the coast there. The icepack appears to be more broken up than in past years, perhaps an effect of the continued thinning of the ice. And there is a broken area extending into the pack from the straight between Greenland and Ellismere.
     
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    Russia grabbin' for the Arctic resource goodies...
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    Russia's Arctic 'sea grab'
    August 14, 2011 - Russia is expected within months to claim to the United Nations its right to annex about 380,000 square miles of the Arctic.
     
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    The dream of explorers to find the NW passage is finally realized.

    This is still another example of why the adage

    "Be careful what you wish for because it might come true!"

    has some validity.
     

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