Coast Guard diverts ships to Arctic to oversee Shell drilling


(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert five ships to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling meets environmental and safety commitments, Reuters reported. Among the assets is the national security cutter Waesche, part of a new fleet of Coast Guard ships equipped with advanced sensors. "That for me is the opportunity cost," Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, told Reuters last week. "It means you do less somewhere else in order to supplement activity in the Arctic."

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By Professional Mariner Staff