Study finds Canada lacks vision for managing Arctic shipping growth


(OTTAWA) — The federal government's environment commissioner warned on Tuesday that Canada lacks a long-term vision for dealing with increased marine traffic in the Arctic, The Canadian Press reported. An audit by Julie Gelfand cited outdated maps and surveys, inadequate navigational aids, and icebreaking services that are stretched to the limit. "Given the fragile environment, harsh weather conditions, limited infrastructure, and the direct dependence of communities on those ecosystems, marine spills as a result of shipping are considered one of the most serious threats" to the Arctic, said the audit.

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By Professional Mariner Staff