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Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS)

This is a great link to tell you about the MCTS. On the right side of the page is a menu to check out other things such as:

Aids to Navigation, Environment, Search and Rescue, and Waterways Management.

Booth Island

a video of penguins near the harbour.

SS. Manhattan ’69

Polar Sea ’85

USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) is a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker.

In 1985, the Polar Sea triggered a diplomatic event by navigating the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Alaska without formal authorization from the Canadian government. It was the United States’ position that the Northwest Passage was an international strait open to shipping and it sought only to notify Canada rather than ask for permission. Publication of the plans enraged the Canadian public opinion as it was regarded as a breach and disregard of sovereignty and prompted the government to take preventive measures in defending Canada’s arctic territories. The U.S. never recognized Canada’s claim over the Northwest passage but nevertheless, the two countries reached an agreement two years later which stipulated that in the future, the U.S. would ask permission before navigating the disputed waters.

VHF Radio


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