Arctic cruises need more information – report

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The MV Clipper Adventurer cruise ship is shown in this Canadian Coast Guard photo from Aug. 29, 2010, the day when the ship's passengers were rescued. (Canadian Coast Guard/Canadian Press)The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is calling on the coast guard to release more information to those plying Arctic waters.

The board released its report on the 2010 grounding of a cruise ship in the Coronation Gulf that runs between Victoria Island and mainland Nunavut, a territory in Canada’s eastern Arctic.

The Clipper Adventurer was on its way from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and nearing its destination of Kugluktuk, Nunavut when it ran onto a shoal.

No one was injured.

The shallow obstacle was not marked on any navigational charts, but was known to the Canadian Coast Guard since 2007.

Eric Asselin is the investigator in charge with the Transportation Safety Board.

He says important safety information was not given to ships travelling through the Arctic.

“One of the safety issues we did address with the Canadian Coast Guard, for vessels coming into the Arctic water, they should be provided with information.” he said.

Asselin said there were problems with the way the ship planned its voyage.

The board has made reccomendations to prevent a similar accident.

Starting in June, the Coast Guard will provide additional safety information to all vessels entering the Arctic.

The incident led to a federal court lawsuit that was filed in July, 2011.

The company is suing the Government of Canada for failing to provide up to date information on the depth of water in the area.

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