Canadian Coast Guard launches Arctic season

View from the deck of the CCGS Amundsen as it departed Quebec City on May 25th. (Marc-André Pauzé/Fisheries and Oceans Central & Arctic Region/CNW Group)
One of seven Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers, the CCGS Samuel Risley will head for Arctic waters on July 11, 2018 to help resupply the Thule U.S. Air Force base in Greenland.

The vessels will do such things as provide safe escorts of ships going through ice-covered waters and assist resupply missions for industry.

The Coast Guard also provides regular updates about ice conditions and icebreaker operations throughout the shipping season, which is expected to last until late November.

Several international agencies, researchers and partners such as National Defence and the government of the territory of Nunavut (Northern Canada) will join the icebreakers in new or ongoing scientific projects, technical sea trials and training operations.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada ill-prepared for Arctic shipping boom, G7 sustainability summit hears, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: US icebreaker investment could bring 2 billions euro windfall to Finland, Yle News

Russia: Russia fires up nuclear icebreaker for North Pole cruises, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: World maritime body approves first Arctic ship routing measures, Radio Canada International

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