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Melted Ice Now Allows Carrier Ships to Traverse the Northwest Passage

Melted Ice Now Allows Carrier Ships to Traverse the Northwest Passage

In early September 2013, the Nordic Orion, a 75,000-ton Danish-owned cargo ship saved 1,000 nautical miles and $80,000 in fuel costs and was able to carry 15,000 tons more coal by traversing the Northwest Passage rather than would have been possible had it traveled through Panama Canal*. Due to the rare ice-melt, this route is new to the shipping world. So new, in fact, that there isn’t a lot of clarity on whether the waters of the passage are international or Canadian.

*Attached is a map of the Panama Canal trade route vs. the Northwest Passage trade route.

 

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