Highlights / shipping

Health, Society

Ottawa further restricts vessel traffic in Canadian Arctic to fight COVID-19

In order to protect vulnerable northern communities from the spread of COVID-19, the federal government is introducing further restrictions on maritime shipping in the Canadian Arctic as of today. The measures announced by Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Sunday prevent »

Environment & Animal Life

Waivers to possible Arctic HFO ban denounced by Indigenous & environmental orgs

The International Maritime Organization’s sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) meeting wound up in London on Friday, with agreement on the draft text of a ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic from July 1 2024, but with »

Environment & Animal Life

Biosecurity an increasing concern in Arctic, Antarctic regions, experts warn

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North. As the climate warms, biosecurity issues will become an increasing concern for the polar regions says Kevin Hughes, a researcher at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and lead »

Society

2019 saw increase in commercial shipping through Northwest Passage

2019 marked a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic with 27 ships making a full transit through the Northwest Passage, according to statistics released by the Canadian Coast Guard. While the total number of full transits through the Northwest »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Inuit group and NGOs renew calls for Arctic heavy fuel oil ban

An Inuit organization and a coalition of environmental NGOs renewed Wednesday their call for urgent action to ban ships sailing in the Arctic from using and carrying heavy fuel oil (HFO) to reduce black carbon emissions and risks of a »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Whales: Human created noise adds to threats

Canada’s agency charged with overseeing the status of biodiversity in this country has just released a report on marine noise and the effect on three whale species. Hal Whitehead, of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and co-chair of the marine »

Politics

Canadian Arctic report urges stronger ties with NATO, Indigenous communities, but weak on science, say experts

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development presented its report on the Arctic to Canada’s House of Commons on Wednesday, and northern experts are praising the »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

World maritime body approves first Arctic ship routing measures

The International Maritime Organization approved on Friday the first internationally recognized ship routing measures designed jointly by Russia and the United States to protect vital marine habitat in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. The narrow passage of water between »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

New rules for ship fuel mean less pollution by 2020

For years Canadian organisations and others have been calling for Arctic shipping to stop the use of the heavy fuel oil (HFO), also known as bunker fuel, in commercial ships. This is the cheapest fuel available and emits a high »

Indigenous

Inuit perspectives crucial as Canada develops Northwest Passage says report

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from across the North.  Inuit must be at the negotiating table as climate change redefines the future of the Northwest Passage, says a new paper released in Canada this month. “Inuit utilized »