NORDREG now Mandatory Within the Northwest Passage

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Although the Northwest Passage is generally inaccessible to all but the most ice-capable vessels, in recent years, the navigable ice-free season in Canada’s Arctic has become more pronounced. The current 2010 ice-free season has proven to be busier than most in terms of vessel traffic,1 and with a great deal of media attention now directed toward Arctic shipping,2 the trend appears likely to continue. Offering a reduction of about 4,000 nautical miles on voyages between Europe and Asia, the Northwest Passage represents a potential savings of nearly two weeks and hundreds of thousands of dollars per transit.3 Accordingly, the Canadian Government’s recent decision to enact mandatory vessel registration under NORDREG – the Canadian Coast Guard’s Arctic Canada Traffic System – is of particular interest to Arctic mariners.

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