As Sea Ice Shrinks, Arctic Shipping Options Expand

by Janet Larsen; Emily E. Adams

Dec 19, 2013
On October 7, 2013, the Nordic Orion bulk carrier ship completed its journey from Vancouver, Canada, to Pori, Finland, having traveled northward around Alaska and through the Northwest Passage. It was the first large commercial freighter ever to make the voyage through these typically ice-covered Arctic waters. Avoiding the longer journey, through the Panama Canal, reportedly saved $80,000 in fuel costs and five days in travel time. Taking a deeper route than the Panama Canal also allowed the ship to carry a heavier load of its cargo: coal.
As Sea Ice Shrinks, Arctic Shipping Options Expand
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