The goal of the IMO’s Polar Code is to “provide for safe ship operation and the protection of the polar environment.” Kawerak’s marine advocate, Austin Ahmasuk, emphasized that “the Polar Code doesn’t make the Arctic absolutely risk free, but it is a gigantic step forward to address the demands that are placed upon ships in polar waters…”
A panel of representatives from Arctic indigenous communities will address the International Maritime Organization in London on Wednesday afternoon.
Renewable energy and port development were the focus of the final session of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s two day meeting in downtown Nome.
If you look closely, you can see a small antenna poking off the UAF Northwest Campus main building. That antenna connects to an international monitoring system, allowing anyone in the world to track vessels moving within 12 miles of Nome’s harbor.
In Wednesday’s news: Local and national groups meet in Nome to discuss ways the Bering Strait & other arctic environments can be protected; Two Shell vessels…