Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tankers collide in the Arctic

Two Russian tankers recently collided in the Northern Sea Route. According to the Maritime Bulletin website, the tankers were sailing towards Pevek and Provideniya with two Russian icebreakers escorting them when they collided in heavy ice conditions. No spill was reported.

This accident demonstrates the dangers of Arctic shipping and the need for a robust search and rescue capability in the Arctic. How can Amver help in the Arctic? We've addressed Amver's role in the Arctic here.

What is the United States Coast Guard doing to address the potential for increased Arctic shipping? You can read the Coast Guard Arctic posture here (link to pdf). In the meantime we are still encouraging ships that may transit the Arctic to enroll in the Amver system.

What are the biggest challenges you see in Arctic shipping?

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