Emerging Arctic Opportunities: Dramatic increases expected in Arctic shipping, oil and gas exploration, fisheries, and tourism

In North America, destination shipping has grown along the Northwest Passage and the Beaufort Sea. Approximately 430 ships a year traveled through the Bering Strait between 2009 and 2010, almost doubling the number of previous ships traversing the same corridor. Barges and tugboats make dozens of trips to resupply their goods, between the U.S. Beaufort Sea coastline and Canada's Northwest Territory, from mid-July until the end of October. Commodity ships sail along Alaska's northern coastline, to Prudhoe Bay or Point Barrow through the Bering Strait to U.S. Arctic ports. About 6,000 ships sailed Arctic waters in 2004, either along the coast of Iceland and the Norwegian Sea, or along the northern coast of Norway and then into the Barents Sea, or across the Bering Sea and north Pacific. About 60% of the 6,000 ships were general cargo ships, container ships, or bulk carriers. This article covers the impediments faced by the growing Arctic shipping endeavors, offshore oil and gas exploration, tourism, fisheries, and the continuing challenges that are faced by the Arctic region.


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  • Accession Number: 01504171
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2013 11:48AM