Ice in Northwest Passage still too thick ice for regular shipping

Ice is more than three meters (10 ft) thick on average.

Northwest_Passage_Courtesy Wikipedia
Northwest Passage – Courtesy Wikipedia

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Despite “climate change,” sea ice in the Northwest Passage (NWP) remains too thick and treacherous for it to be a regular commercial Arctic shipping route for many decades, according to new research out of York University.

The feasibility of commercial shipping in the Northwest Passage has attracted a lot of attention lately. However, very little ice thickness information actually exists. This study made the first ever airborne electromagnetic ice thickness surveys over the NWP in April and May 2011 and 2015 over first-year and multiyear ice.

The surveys found a modal thickness of 1.8 to two meters (6 ft to 6′-6″) in most regions of the NWP and mean thickness of between two and three meters (6′-6″ to 10 ft).

Ice originating from the Arctic Ocean showed a mean thickness of more than three meters (10 ft) on average.

Some multiyear ice regions contained much thicker, deformed ice that was more than 100 m wide and more than four meters (13 ft) thick.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/30/arctic-sea-ice-still-too-thick-for-ships-to-traverse-the-northwest-passage/

http://www.sott.net/article/302900-Route-through-Northwest-Passage-in-Arctic-still-too-thick-with-ice-for-regular-shipping

Thanks to Don Brown, Carl B. and Andrew Stranglen for this link

“Woe, woe and thrice woe!” says Don. “After all the predictions made by ’emminent, respected’ scientists and nobodies i.e. the UN, how could they have got it so wrong??”


12 thoughts on “Ice in Northwest Passage still too thick ice for regular shipping

  1. Unfortunately, it may take awhile for reports like this one to make it through all of the alarmist noise currently being generated. Eventually, however, the truth always comes out.

  2. I think the big economic route is the NE passage, not the NW. The Norwegians, Germans, Japanese etc are sending plenty of ships from Europe to East Asia that way in late summer. Have done for past few years.

    The NW passage would be bigger for Canada and the US….

  3. “the Northwest Passage (NWP) remains too thick and treacherous for it to be a regular commercial Arctic shipping route for many decades”

    This statement was made in 1962 when a specially designed Oil Tanker traversed the NWP. Guess things have not changed in 50 years.

    Mother Nature is a Man Made Climate Change “Denier”.

    • I remember that. The shi was the Manhattan It was built in 1962 and retrofitted for ice breaking before the Passage voyage in 1969. She was followed by a Soviet submarine for most of the trip.

      http://www.neely-chaulk.com/narciki/SS_Manhattan

      It was broken up and parts used to build several ships after that since it had proved its own obsolescence

  4. It will probably make the new on a NON news day after the Paris dole out has occured, leaving the West deeper in debt and in the UK with even more unconpetitive electricity prices, leading to more heavy industry plant closures and unemployment.
    Which the Bricks will cheerfully take over the production with even more dirty power production.

  5. Here is quote that would apply to our global warming friends.
    “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.”

    -Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

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