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Danish shipper plans more commercial travel in Northwest Passage

The company that made the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage plans to increase its shipments through the legendary waterway next year, suggesting such traffic is coming sooner than anyone anticipated. "We hope and expect to do it," said Christian Bonfils of Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish shipper which owns the Nordic Orion.

Danish shipper plans more commercial travel in Northwest Passage

The company that made the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage plans to increase its shipments through the legendary waterway next year, suggesting such traffic is coming sooner than anyone anticipated. "We hope and expect to do it," said Christian Bonfils of Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish shipper which owns the Nordic Orion.

Small plane crashes in Alaska killing four

A small plane crashed in Alaska late Friday killing four people including the pilot, police said Saturday, though six passengers survived and their lives were reportedly not in danger. Alaska's state troopers named the victims and surviving passengers on their website and said the Cessna 208 had been flying between Bethel in southwest Alaska and St. Mary's when it crashed at around 7.00 pm (0400 GMT Saturday).

Four dead, 6 injured in plane crash in southwest Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A Cessna 208 with at least 10 people on board crashed in southwest Alaska on Friday evening, killing four people including the pilot and injuring six others, officials said. The small, single-engine aircraft, heading for St. Mary's from Bethel, two small settlements in a remote area of the U.S. state, was reported missing at about 7 p.m. local time (2300 ET Friday), said Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers.

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Company completes filing on proposal to run broadband line through Arctic

TORONTO - A Toronto company filed its final regulatory documents Tuesday and expects speedy approval for a proposal to run a fibre-optic line through the Northwest Passage. "We're pretty well assured that that is going to happen fairly quickly," said Doug Cunningham, president of Arctic Fibre. "Not that it's rubber-stamped, but we're very confident that we will be getting a licence forthwith."

Conference board says northern mining to weaken in short term

OTTAWA - Canada's three northern territories will have to weather some tough fiscal times over the next year before new mines and exploration kick in down the road, says the Conference Board of Canada. In a report released Wednesday, the board said the wobbly global economy has damaged the North's immediate prospects. "In the last year and a half, with commodity prices that came down, we saw a weakening of economic activity up in the North," said Marie-Christine Bernard, one of the report's authors.

Ice foils Jet Ski adventurers in Northwest Passage

GJOA HAVEN, Nunavut - An American adventurer is promising to try again after his plan to cross the fabled Northwest Passage on a Jet Ski went the way of so many Arctic dreams — cold, wet and stuck in the ice. "Humbled, 110 per cent," said Steve Moll on Friday from his warm and dry room in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, after being plucked out of the freezing waters of the Franklin Strait by a coast guard icebreaker. "We'll come back. But we'll just have a little bit more respect for the environment."

Global study presented at northern conference finds Arctic Ocean acidifying

An international study suggests greenhouse gases are acidifying the Arctic Ocean at a faster rate than any of the world's southern seas. "What we know is that ocean acidification is actually stronger in the Arctic than in southern waters," said Rashid Sumalia, a University of British Columbia researcher, who is one of 60 authors of the report released Monday in Bergen, Norway.

Alaska starting first full cruise ship season under fuel rules meant to cut emissions

JUNEAU, Alaska - More than 1 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit Alaska this year, but industry officials fear new fuel standards intended to limit pollution from large ships could drive vessels away and lower that number later. This will be the first full cruise season in Alaska under rules that require cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of U.S. and Canadian shores. The U.S. agreed to the standards as part of an international treaty.
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