Environmental groups hail nod for Bering Strait shipping routes

Anchorage - The International Maritime Organisation has approved two-way shipping routes into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait.

The IMO accepted routes proposed by the United States and Russia for safe navigation between Alaska and Russia's Chukotskiy Peninsula.

The routes create lanes for northbound and southbound traffic and take effect December 1.

The designation was hailed by environmental groups that pushed for safe shipping measures.

They say there are few resources on hand to respond to a spill that could cause serious damage to important marine resources such as bowhead and beluga whales, Pacific walruses, ice seals, spectacled eiders and other seabirds.

Eleanor Huffines of Pew Charitable Trusts says the routes will reduce the risk of ships running aground, colliding, or interfering directly with subsistence hunting.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
ZAR/USD
15.37
(+0.99)
ZAR/GBP
21.33
(+0.55)
ZAR/EUR
18.26
(+0.71)
ZAR/AUD
11.82
(+0.54)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+0.78)
Gold
1696.87
(+0.74)
Silver
25.57
(+1.65)
Platinum
1160.00
(+2.15)
Brent Crude
68.09
(-1.61)
Palladium
2324.50
(+0.52)
All Share
68342.79
(-0.12)
Top 40
62812.62
(-0.16)
Financial 15
12823.26
(+0.60)
Industrial 25
87214.96
(+0.07)
Resource 10
71245.32
(-0.75)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, and I've gotten it.
21% - 1078 votes
No, I did not.
52% - 2708 votes
My landlord refused
28% - 1469 votes
Vote