Icebergs Disrupt North Atlantic Shipping
Icebergs Disrupt North Atlantic Shipping 2017-04-06
An unusually large number of icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic in recent weeks, forcing vessels to detour well to the south to avoid danger. Icebergs have even been spotted outside of the Coast Guard's ice navigation warning area, prompting at least one notice to mariners urging additional caution.
Recent storms have led to a larger and earlier spring breakup. Satellite observations recently identified 455 icebergs in one week, five times the average in years past.
The hazard is forcing mariners to alter their course or to throttle back, with delays in the range of one to one and a half days. One vessel manager told the AP that one of his ships recently suffered damage after it struck ice, requiring time out of service for repairs.
Read more in an article from The Maritime Executive here.
Source: CIFFA (The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association)
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