Guest post by Robert Phelan
One of our commenters last week was going on about how the Northwest Passage was opening up and ships were making the passage… there is a website which tracks world wide shipping…. So my question was, “gee, how many ships are using this nifty new passage?”
West of Greenland, there appear to be only three manned vessels, the Russian tanker Volgoneft-131, which has been making it’s way south at about three or four miles per day for the last week ( http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=UFTA ), the French yacht Vagabond (call sign FLAO http://www.damocles-eu.org/press/Images_from_the_polar_yacht_Vagabond_85.shtml ) which has been anchored in Jones Sound off Ellesmere Island for the last week, and the Royal Arctic Line container ship Irena Artica ( http://www.ral.gl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=215&Itemid=192&lang=en ) crawling up the west coast of Greenland in Baffin Bay.
The answer seems to be “none”. Only those three north of 70N. WUWT?