Arctic shipping regulations are said to have gaps that still prevent the Arctic Ocean benefitting from cleaner emissions, according to The Huffington Post Canada.
This news comes in spite of the International Chamber of shipping expressing confidence that cleaner arctic shipping would become a reality under the International Maritime Organization’s proposed low-sulphur cap.
Commenting on the nature of oil and potential spills, Kevin Harun of Pacific Environment, said: “It's thick, viscous, dirty, persistent, doesn't evaporate and would be a real disaster if there was a spill. They haven't dealt with that at all. It's a big step forward but there's a way to go.”
Arctic shipping emissions could rise by as much as 600% by the year 2025 if ships continue to sail through this region as a faster mode of transport.
As this area provides a faster route between Europe and Asia in particular, cargo volumes are already booming and have contributed to the renewed growth of ports in Russia, Norway and Canada.
Global implications could spread much further than the Arctic Ocean, with regions such as Nicaragua being at threat as a result of the proposed US$50 billion canal project, especially waterways that provide a fresh source of water for the Nicaraguan community.
(Source: Fair Observer)