Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Western Arctic navigation choke-point enlarging - time for CCG icebreaker to help and prevent delays

While 2/10 ice doesn't look like much of a problem - it is for a small yacht. It is time for the Canadian Coast Guard to be proactive and provide an icebreaker to assist vessels transiting this area. Waiting longer will jeopardize the safety of vessels delayed in making a long passage to the Bering Strait and beyond.

It is the responsibility of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Icebreaking Program to ensure that marine shipping moves in a safe, timely and efficient manner through or around ice-covered waters.

Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region:

Email: info@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Telephone: 613-993-0999
Fax: 613-990-1866
Toll free (within Canada) 1-800-267-7270
Phone 1-613-965-3870

Update and suggestion for CCG icebreaker escorts

Douglas PohlTue, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:27 AM
To: Canada Coast Guard <info@dfo-mpo.gc.ca>

As you may well be aware a situation is occurring at Cape Bathurst with Beaufort sea ice pushing south and creating a blockage for marine vessel traffic.

I suggest you evaluate early action to use a CCG icebreaker to keep this choke-point open. Within the near future up to seven yachts will be westbound from Cambridge Bay to escape the Arctic winter freeze-up.

The Canadian Coast Guard would be well served to have an icebreaker near Cape Bathurst conducting vessel escorts through this choke-point.  

What a great opportunity for public relations!

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.


Douglas Pohl


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