How we work
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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.

Our solutions

How we work

Publications

Getting it right in a new ocean - report
Getting it right in a new ocean - report
26 November 2018
Getting it right in a new ocean - summary
Getting it right in a new ocean - summary
25 November 2018
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

Meet the team

WWF-US

Senior program officer, WWF-US Arctic Field Program

WWF-Canada

Senior Specialist, Arctic shipping

WWF-Denmark

Senior Advisor, Greenland and the Arctic

WWF-Canada

Specialist, Arctic shipping and marine conservation

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior Specialist, Arctic Sustainable Development

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