Ice refusing to melt in east Hudson Bay and Frobisher Bay

Ice refusing to melt in east Hudson Bay and Frobisher Bay

Holding up resupply of Iqaluit

21 Jul 2015 – Heavy ice in the Arctic is making it difficult, if not impossible, for ships to deliver the annual resupply of fuel and goods to some Nunavut and Nunavik communities, says CBC News.

Midway through July, only a single oil tanker, aided by the Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson, has been able to reach Iqaluit though the sea ice that remains in Frobisher Bay.

And even though the tanker has finally reached the city, it has still been unable to unload.

“[The ship] cannot get to a secure anchorage to put its line out to fuel the community,” said Johnny Leclair, the Coast Guard’s assistant commissioner.

Contrary to predictions made earlier this year, the sea ice in the bay has not been melting, said Leclair.

Instead, a large compacted pan of thick, first-year and multi-year ice has formed in the bay, ice so thick that icebreakers and commercial ships alike have no choice but to skirt around it.

“We haven’t seen these ice conditions in the eastern part of Hudson Bay this late in the season in, I’d say, two decades,” Leclair said.

“There is a large patch of ice that has not melted and is creating problems for shipping.”

Frobisher Bay is just north of Hudson Strait, which leads directly into Hudson Bay. See map here.

Photo: Icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson carving a path through ice in the Eastern Arctic –  21 Jul 2015 – Courtesy Dept of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)



13 thoughts on “Ice refusing to melt in east Hudson Bay and Frobisher Bay”

  1. Likely these communities will get resupplied eventually this year. Maybe next year they schedule for August? Unfortunately for them, this cold trend is just settling in. What about five years from now? As the cost of resupply increases and its reliable time window decreases, it’s likely that the population in these areas will begin to decline.

  2. Chile, July 23, 2015: Snow accumulation has isolated more than 700 people in Lonquimay. In some places it has reached up to 50 centimeters of snow. The most affected sectors are Marimenuco, Icalma, Tunquén, Pichipehuenco and Troyo.
    In those places there is an accumulation of 50 centimeters of snow.

    July 24, 2015. A quarter million alpacas in Peru die as a result of the coldest winter in decades: 21º below zero.
    Official figures have declared an emergency in about 60 alpaca breeding communities in the Peruvian highlands, affected by the coldest winter in decades with temperatures that dropped below 20 degrees Celsius.
    Three provinces in the department of Puno facing the worst situations, and people are being moved in some cases to prevent snow, ice and strong winds endanger their lives. Trapiche in the snow reached almost half a meter, and residents had to wait days to leave their homes due to accumulated around the adobe houses and land.
    While local indigenous people are used to sleeping with their animals even in their huts-avoiding action not only cold, but zorros- thieves and in some areas the weather is literally beating the neighbors who have seen their herds die alpacas and vicunas by primarily of young adults and now tens of thousands.
    Puno, the Peruvian region with the largest number of alpacas -more than two million-has asked the government to support the neighboring building at least sheds to house the animals before they die all, but for many the situation has crossed the point of no return.

  3. All good-thinking people should join in condemning Hudson and Frobisher Bay ice for its rampant global warming denialism.

  4. I saw some of the cruises around the Arctic on icebreakers converted to cruise ships. Such cruise opportunities are often used by alarmists to promote the AGW scam.

    Of course in true AGW belief these ice breakers are all powered by renewable energy aren’t they ?

  5. LOL aren’t we supposed to be sailing our yachts across the Northern passage in Summer over the top of the World and to Alaska?

  6. Best evidences point to a tougher next five or ten years. If you look at the longer term past, this area fills in fast with ice in cold epochs. Much like in my field, people in climate science don’t look to the longer term past enough to understand certain obvious truths.

  7. Questions:
    1) Are these isolated Arctic ice-in villagers paying for the resupply of oil and goods? Or is this part of a Canadian “we must feed ’em wherever they live” type thing?

    2) If you can’t live in an area without depending on gov’t support, as in ice breakers, then should you be so dependent upon far away resources like food and heating oil?

    I AM NOT bemoaning any culture for increasing their technology or the lives of its people. But, this is the ARTIC we are talking about. If your only means of survival are depending on the heating oil ships that can ONLY get to you via gov’t coast guard ice cutters. Do they pay for the coast guard cutter’s time?

  8. Now what are suzuki and al gore going to do with an ice age . Ah yes they will blame it somehow on multinational corporations and the way we live in our modern society . It is the sun that controls earth not fossil fuels I have been preaching that for years

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