Friday, January 31, 2014

WHITE HOUSE ARCTIC PLAN

 Suddenly the morning coffee of NAUTICAL LOG tastes a little bitter.  Reading the maritime blogs there is an article in gCaptain about a Plan by the White House to make Arctic shipping safer. Oh! dear me if it is anything close to their ACA (Obamacare) then the Arctic is in further hot water - hmmm.


 
 Top photo the Bering Sea showing U.S., Canada and Russia.  The U.S. and Canadian border on the Beaufort Sea coastline in lower photo.
The Navy Oceanographer Rear-Admiral Jon White announced that an inter-agency team has made a comprehensive assessment after a review of current Arctic sea-ice projections.  By 2020 the Bering Strait is projected to be ice free 160 days in the year.   The U.S. State Department will attempt to reach agreement with Canada on the maritime boundary in the Beaufort Sea.

With all that the current Administration has on its plate, that it already cannot deal with, why would they not wait until the IMO Polar Code is presented for ratification.  The U.S. could then negotiate with Canada to present a Joint Amendment with regard to their part of the Arctic Region.

Good Watch


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