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Titanic risk of Arctic cruises

Scheduling an Arctic pleasure cruise? Better think again.

“Tero Vauraste, boss of Finnish shipping firm Arctia, warned there would be little authorities could do if a ship got into distress there, due to the lack of infrastructure. ‘The Northwest Passage is thousands and thousands of nautical miles with absolutely nothing,’ he said.”

Moreover, technology is self-limiting in that region, according to Vauraste:

“Navigation in icy waters is made more difficult by poor satellite imagery. An ice field might move at a speed of 4-5 knots, but a ship will receive a satellite picture of it that is 10-20 hours old.”

Via FoxNews.