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Coastie

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Soon it's going to get BUSY up there!
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:34:36 AM »

{Background:  VTS - Vessel Traffic Service is currently used in larger ports like San Francisco Bay.  This is a computer / radar tracked service that notes every vessel entering/leaving and currently steaming anywhere in the bay.  Other ports use them as well.  Thus to have one, as VTS say in the Aleutian Chain to oversee all vessels transiting it towards the Northern Slope and such of Alaska is very feasible, and our future.}



Critical for the opening Arctic: A Bering Strait vessel traffic service
DATE: Feb. 8
SOURCE: Alaska Dispatch
LINK: http://goo.gl/dEhcK
Nations and multi-national corporations are positioning themselves to take full advantage of the Arctic’s Northwest Passage (NWP) and Northern Sea Route (NSR). However, there is very little safety infrastructure in place to ensure incident-free transit. Both of these Sea Lines of Communication terminate in the Bering Strait, the gateway to the Arctic. In this critical water space it is essential the United States and Russia begin considering how to manage traffic through this strategic choke point.


Glaciers, ice caps lose 148 billion tons of ice a year, but rate slowing Nations and multi-national corporations are positioning themselves to take full advantage of the Arctic’s Northwest Passage (NWP) and Northern Sea Route (NSR). However, there is very little safety infrastructure in place to ensure incident-free transit. Both of these Sea Lines of Communication terminate in the Bering Strait, the gateway to the Arctic. In this critical water space it is essential the United States and Russia begin considering how to manage traffic through this strategic choke point.

In September 2011, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced at the second International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia’s “intention to turn the NSR into a key transport route of global importance.” PM Putin further said, “We believe that NSR has a bright future as an international transport artery capable of being a competitor to more traditional routes, both when it comes to price, safety and quality”. Subsequently, Russia has announced it intends to build ten Arctic rescue centers, develop a new Arctic rescue ship, develop military ice-capable transports and construct new icebreakers to replace its aging fleet.

The Arctic, as observers know, is on the verge of historic change and with it mustcome the aids to navigation and safety infrastructure to ensure shipping can be conducted safely and with the reasonable prospect of rescue in the event of a major disaster. No place is more critical to safety in the Arctic than the confined waters of the Bering Strait. Therefore, what is needed is a Bering Strait Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) to mitigate risk associated with increased shipping. The Norwegians have a VTS at Vardø on the northern tip of Norway that could serve as a model for the Bering.


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Re: Soon it's going to get BUSY up there!
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 06:10:16 AM »
I would probably have a heart attack if they got their act together so there are no screw-ups! G2G
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Re: Soon it's going to get BUSY up there!
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 06:24:50 AM »
Depends on who's having the problem, as there's always accidents, and those having them aren't the CG. 

Take the VTS in San Francisco Bay.  From the time a vessel is near the ports sea bouy, which is usually a mile or so offshore, that vessel is on radar.  We know its destination and once it passes near the Golden Gate Bridge, it's on live video.  We can track it visually at all times.  It's also being recorded JIC there's any problem with it once it's in the bay.


This is what they want to do for the Bering Sea, especially during the Winter.  If traffic is anything like it was for the Nome fuel delivery, then we want to insure that everyone, even the residents along the shore are safe from a spill.

As we learned from the Exxon Valdez years ago, safety means a everything, because a spill will be felt by everyone, and everything, from those who live there, both human and animal.  The seashore will also suffer after an incident...


We sure as heck don't want the arctic coast to suffer as the Gulf of Mexico has from that spill...