Radar: Positive move towards protecting Arctic marine environment

Bering Strait

In response to a sharp rise in Arctic shipping traffic, Russia and the US are collaborating on a new two-way shipping route in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. Increased commercial shipping traffic in the area, which notably includes a growth in the number of expedition cruise ships sailing off the Alaskan islands and coast, poses a significant risk to the sensitive Arctic marine environment.

Although only intended as voluntary at the moment, precautionary sustainable practices of this type go towards protecting these precious areas; whose pristine environments form the very basis for expedition cruising in the first place. The International Maritime Organisation will discuss the proposal in February.

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