A bill moving through the U.S. Senate has $6 million for a new Coast Guard icebreaker.
That would make three years in a row of small appropriations for the ship, projected to cost nearly a billion dollars.
Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski is on a mission to get Congress and the Administration to make Arctic issues a bigger priority.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Shipping challenges in Canada’s North-West, Eye on the Arctic
Finland: New Finland icebreaker can operate sideways with asymmetrical hull, Yle News
Norway: Norwegian company looks to Alaska for Arctic shipping port, Alaska Dispatch
Russia: Russia, icebreakers and Arctic identity, Blog by Mia Bennett
Sweden: Finnlines vessel runs aground in Sweden, Yle News
United States: Russian icebreaker hired to deliver emergency fuel to Alaska – highlights acute shortage of U.S. icebreakers, Alaska Dispatch