International Maritime Organization approves U.S.-Russian proposal for Bering Strait routing measures

International Maritime Organization approves U.S.-Russian proposal for Bering Strait routing measures
WASHINGTON — The International Maritime Organization approved the Bering Strait and Bering Sea ship routing measures proposed by the United States and Russian Federation. Taking effect Dec. 1, 2018, the six two-way routes and six precautionary areas are the first internationally recognized ship routing measures the IMO has approved for polar waters. In November 2017, the U.S. and Russia proposed...

Coast Guard Learns What It Takes to Operate in Arctic

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard is testing and compiling initial lessons learned from its ongoing Arctic operations, a senior officer said last week. “It became obvious to me 18 months to two years ago that with the retreat of the multiyear polar sea ice, the Coast Guard was going to have to do more than it had in the past to provide maritime safety and security to northern...