Northwest Passage Icebound

“CCG icebreakers cannot safely escort pleasure craft.” At least 22 vessels affected and several have turned back to Greenland, according to Daria Blackwell of

Daria also posted this release from NORDREG CANADA, a branch of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Subject: 9H9573 – INFO – 08-18-1256 – LR – HEAVIER ICE CONDITIONS
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:06:44 +0000

Good morning,
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.

To confirm that the “heavier than normal ice concentrations” statement was true, I checked Denmark’s Polar Portal site.

Turns out that as of today, 23 Aug 2018, Arctic sea-ice volume for this date is higher than the 2004-2013 average (thick black line vs thick grey line).

Arctic sea-ice volume is also higher for this date than in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

I have a sneaking suspicion that you won’t hear much about this from the mainstream media.

So much for Al Gore’s ice-free Arctic.

Thanks to Lloyd Chandler for this info

25 thoughts on “Northwest Passage Icebound”

  1. This article from Business Insider claims January was a new record for low ice and Maersk Shipping is trying a new Arctic route.
    I checked the graph above and there were definitely lower ice volumes in Jan 2016 and 2017, but 2014, 2015 and the average from 2004 to 2013 were higher. The question is, is this really significant? The site gives no data before 2011 other than the average for 2004 to 2011. What about before 2004? Is there any data on the long term, because, climatically speaking, even 2004 to 2018 is a blink of an eye

    • Measuring “record low ice” in January is disingenuous. The two months for measuring extent—and which contributes to genuine legitimacy in climate change dialogue—are March (peak Arctic ice extent) and September (minimum Arctic ice extent.) Anything else is cherry-picking because conditions vary wildly inbetween max/min readings and reflect nothing but posturing by the media about a trace atmospheric gas.

    • Maersk routes along the Siberian arctic. The Siberian side of the Arctic Ocean generally opens at least part of each year. Even if it doesn’t actually the ice can get thin enough a nuclear powered ice breaker can make a passage. Russian heavy nuclear icebreakers can crush through at least two meters of ice.

      The Northwest Passage runs along the Arctic shores of Canada and Alaska (and Greenland for some). Ice in the NWP has been very thick this year – over three meters in many areas. The Canadians have some ice breakers that escort commercial and pleasure craft. Apparently even if the icebreakers can break a passage the ice fragments are thick enough to damage hulls not built for arctic conditions. Since they only have a limited number, they can’t be everywhere or guide every would-be Franklin.

      The US only has two heavy ice breakers. US icebreakers – all both of them – used to split their time between the Arctica and the Antarctic (the passage intro McMurdo has to be cleared every year). However, currently there’s only one operating. There was news a couple of years ago that funding for one or more new heavy icebreakers had made it through congress. However ICE has since somehow grabbed the cash for the Great Wall (US-Mexico). So, the arctic is freezing up again (maybe). Icebreakers are breaking down and …

  2. Dear Mr. Price,

    Due to unexpected weather conditions now affecting our normal routes through the Beaufort Sea, and other nearby Canadian arctic waters, we are hereby cancelling all future sightseeing tours planned for those areas effective immediately. You’ll be receiving your refund in the mail as soon as we can process them. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the unexpected inconvenience, but please note that control of the weather is beyond our capabilities. Please try again next year.

    And as always, Bon voyage and Happy Seafaring
    Arctic Water Tours, Ltd.
    Lena R Annakpok, President

      • Trust me, Robert—the lap dogs in D.C. know about your website as well as others like Anthony Watts’. There’s no way they couldn’t.

  3. Given that the freeze has started in August, I’m expecting the DMI chart to show above trend icing for the rest of the freeze season.
    & for it to continue showing increasing levels and retention of multiyear ice at least until 2056 when the Gleissberg period which follow this Modern GSM recovers solar energy output levels last seen during the late 1890 to 1910 levels.

  4. science alert are running an item saying the OLD thick ice up there has split and moved..muttering about warmest evah wind n temps. the way they played it it sounded as if ALL the decades old ice wasnt there , r was breaking up
    from this report i reckon they saw one of those transient cracks forget what they call em, that seem to sucker many inexperienced ships in, then squish em.

    • Lauren,

      Go to, use your mouse to zero in on Greenland, then click on the earth link at the bottom left of your screen. The default visual is for surface winds; you can use the Control tab’s double-backward arrows (i.e. << ) to go back in time to see how sustained winds off the northern coast of Greenland have led to the old, thick ice "breaking up" and moving away from shore—all the way back to July 27th, which is when the change in anticyclonic winds first began, thus leading to conditions which CAGW fools hyped into their typical alarmism.

      It’s the winds, not the temperatures.

      • hi n thanks I didnt know nullschool had a wayback function;-)
        most useful
        so melting isnt the issue it just moved
        and may well move back too;-)
        must get soooo wearying being in a constant hyperstate of alarmism, no wonder theyre blatheringly inane most times.
        tiring for us having to listen to it as well;-/

  5. Off the coast of Africa, the Sahara no less, it’s a full degree Centigrade COOLER than average. Don’t know the full magnitude of that, and I’m almost certain it will change, however the thought if one degree of warming got them in a tizzy.

  6. But it WILL melt, so the climate scientists need more public cash for computer simulations that “prove” AGW. Just trust them. Gore is a saint, and Mann is a prince don’t you know?

  7. This is the kind of news that never sees the light of day in globalist-controlled mainstream media. And that’s one of the motives for keeping Ice Age Now in my news feeds.

  8. I worked in the arctic by the Beaufort about 150KM east of Tuk, all I recall was it was really really cold 10 months of the year and crap for 2 months. Depressing in the winter as dark 23 1/2 hours a day…. Paying a ship to cruise through there is the last thing I would do, I doubt I would go even if I ws paid to go….. Lucky people having their cruises canceled…

  9. Melting polar ice would be very handy for shipping companies. They will also use far less fuel sailing from Norway to Japan past North Russia. The fact that to my knowledge no regular sea voyages use the North West, North East or North (past top of Greenland) passages is a sure sign that they cannot be relied upon. A stranded ship is putting other lives at risk when they try to rescue sailors trapped in pack ice and fast running out of food and fuel.
    The Arctic belongs to the polar bears not us. Sail past the Cape and get out your binoculars to look for some elephants

  10. Another concern:-

    The Arctic is pristine and I would hate ‘development’. By that I mean greedy oil and gas companies and maybe mineral miners moving in to exploit natural resource. Wildlife are endangered species and think of all the bears, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes, sea faring birds, even the delicate balance of micro organisms like plankton might suffer. They cannot speak up on websites like this so we must do their speaking for them.

  11. What’s so good about ice? If a degree warmer is the worst thing that could possibly ever happen, then a degree cooler must be wonderful.

  12. Daria Blackwell of is being spoon fed rhetoric by Victor Wejer claiming official public service message from
    NORDREG. There is no such message on the NORDREG or Canadian Coast Guard websites.
    If I’m wrong… excuse my inability to validate said message online as official… if you are right please post the direct hyperlink here.
    BTW yachts have advancing to Fort Ross advising Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers rushing by southbound in Prince Reagent to respond to the Russian flag icebreaker Akademik Ioffe grounding with passengers.
    Tourists or yachts?

  13. Al gore charted is yacht through the arctic this summer to demonstrate the ice free route. It starts well as he sets sail but a few days later his crew shouts down below deck “we’re trapped captain gore sir!” Trapped? Trapped? Al wracks is brains to try to think why the could be trapped. In the end he figures it out. We must be sinking he thinks to himself! “Abandon ship!!” Sprinting past his confused crew, he fires off 4 flares and radios for help before throwing his life raft overboard. Gore dives off the side of the yacht but gets a very hard landing on the ice below. However gore still bravely tries the breast stroke on top of the ice but goes nowhere and turns it into a crawl as he climbs into his life raft. “We’re trapped in ice captain gore” the crew try to explain. “THERE IS NO ICE IN THE ARCTIC!!!” Screams gore covering his eyes and shaking his head.

  14. 2 Epic Stories you won’t hear in the corporate controlled media:

    1. The Arctic temps plunged below zero a few days ago. The ice melt has stopped in August. Ref:

    2. Now 2 YEARS IN A ROW with NO NW Passage whatsoever, and only a narrow sliver of a NE Passage on the Russian side. refs:

    2017 Maximum melt:

    Compare the 2 images. Your 2 eyes, and your brain will tell you the ice is increasing. You don’t need to listen to spin doctors telling you about fake Arctic heat-waves.

    And here is a hot tip: All the satellites that take these polar ice images are getting ready to shut due to a “technical glitch”. It’s not about “hiding the decline” anymore. It’s about hiding the ever increasing polar sea ice. Source: David DuByne / Adapt 2030

    Peace from BC

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