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Northwest Passage remains icebound in 2018

by Daria Blackwell 26 Aug 2018 09:15 UTC
Northwest Passage remains icebound in 2018 © Ocean Cruising Club

A message forwarded by Victor Wejer indicates that at least 22 vessels are affected and several have turned back to Greenland.

Due to heavier than normal ice concentrations in the Canadian arctic waters north of 70 degrees, the Canadian Coast Guard, recommends that pleasure craft do not navigate in the Beaufort Sea, Barrow, Peel Sound, Franklin Strait and Prince Regent.

CCG icebreakers cannot safely escort pleasure craft. Operators of pleasure craft considering a northwest passage should also consider the risk of having to winter in a safe haven in the Arctic, or in the case of an emergency, be evacuated from beset vessels. Safety of mariners is our primary concern.

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