The Arctic Council's Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) today issued its third Arctic Shipping Status Report – Shipping in the Northwest Passage: Comparing 2013 to 2019 (ASSR #3).
The Northwest Passage (NWP) is the name given to the various maritime routes between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans along the northern coast of North America that span the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. There is no official definition of the NWP, and this report uses the definition of Arctic Waters set out under Canada’s Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.
ASSR #3 looks at different parameters to measure shipping traffic changes in the NWP between 2013 and 2019. These parameters include the number of ships and their distance sailed, which both show an increase in 2019 as compared to 2013.
PAME issues Arctic Shipping Status Reports on a regular basis to facilitate awareness of and share information about Arctic shipping activities. PAME uses its Arctic Ship Traffic Data (ASTD) System to generate these Arctic Shipping Status Reports.