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Sunday, September 8, 2013

As much as 30 to 40 per cent of the Arctic Ocean remains covered in ice, Supply barges can't get through

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As much as 30 to 40 per cent of the Arctic Ocean remains covered in ice, Supply barges can't get through.HT: IceAgeNow

Many Northern coastal communities running short on supplies.payday loans Normally, a supply barge arrives in the Amundsen Gulf in early summer to replenish stocks of fuel and other necessities, says the CBC. But this year, that trip is being held up by ice. As much as 30 to 40 per cent of the Arctic Ocean remains covered in ice. 

We have not seen ice with this type of coverage in quite a few years and I really don’t know how far back we might’ve seen it,” says Bill Smith, a spokesman with Northern Transportation Company Ltd., which services the communities.

It’s the opposite of what we’ve been seeing for the last few years where, generally, ice conditions have been improving from a transportation perspective.”

This year, ice has been a big negative factor for us in attempting to move from the (Tuktoyaktuk) area east through the Amundsen Gulf and into the Coronation Gulf,” he said. 

Anyone wanting updates on the barge’s progress can log on to ntcl.com and follow along.More here.


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