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Arctic shipping

Global demand for goods continues to grow while Arctic summer sea ice is shrinking: Arctic shipping is heating up.

Why it matters

90% of goods are transported by ship, and Arctic routes represent huge potential savings in time and costs.

Although Arctic routes will not be open year round, companies are already investing billions of dollars in tankers capable of going through ice.

Arctic sea routes

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Northwest Passage
This route through Canada's Arctic archipelago would save two weeks in traveling time compared to the Panama Canal.
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The Northern Sea Route
This route along the northern coast of Russia is already in use by commercial ships.

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Publications

The Circle 04.18
The Circle 04.18
1 October 2018
Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas
Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas
17 September 2018
Canadian Arctic Greywater Report
Canadian Arctic Greywater Report
17 August 2018
The Circle 03.18
The Circle 03.18
17 July 2018
Greenland Mariners' Guide
Greenland Mariners' Guide
27 September 2017
Prospects and opportunities for using LNG for bunkering in the Arctic regions of Russia
Prospects and opportunities for using LNG for bunkering in the Arctic regions of Russia
1 July 2017

Meet the team

Elena Agarkova Belov

Elena Agarkova Belov

WWF-US

Senior program officer, WWF-US Arctic Field Program

Andrew Dumbrille

Andrew Dumbrille

WWF-Canada

Senior Specialist, Arctic shipping

Mette Frost

Mette Frost

WWF-Denmark

Senior Advisor, Greenland and the Arctic

Melissa Nacke

Melissa Nacke

WWF-Canada

Specialist, Arctic shipping and marine conservation

Simon Walmsley

Simon Walmsley

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior Specialist, Arctic Sustainable Development

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