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August 29, 2013

Is the Yong Sheng Stopped By the Closure of the Northwest Passage?

Filed under: Uncategorized — sunshinehours1 @ 9:52 AM

The Canadian side of the Northwest Passage appears closed due to ice at both ends. Read about it here.

I checked on the Yong Sheng (famously trying to take cargo via the Northwest Passage).

It appears to be “confused” as to what to do next. It made a strange northwards turn.

I wonder if the same conditions are occurring on the Russian side causing trouble for the Yong Sheng?



  1. Looking at this ice map it looks like he is trying to go around a big blob of ice… See th blue blob

    Comment by Alec aka Daffy Duck — August 29, 2013 @ 10:48 AM | Reply

    • Possibly. I’m just confused by the sudden turn. It seems like the ship suddenly decided its initial route plan was not viable.

      One of the routes is between the islands and one is north of the islands. It looks like someone was planning on the route between the islands and decided going north of them was better.

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — August 29, 2013 @ 11:12 AM | Reply

    • The Yong Sheng is passing the big island New Siberian (Bovaya Sibir) on the north side. Between the south side of New Siberian and the main land of Russia the ice has other concentration (non blue).
      The Russian Icebreaker 50 LET POBEDY is escorting the Yong Sheng since the 28th of Aug.

      It will be interesting how the ice is north of Severnaya Zemlya, when the Yong Sheng gets there.

      The Google map combined with the Arctic ice shows a lot of white in the area of Severnaya Zemlya.

      Comment by juergenuie — August 30, 2013 @ 5:55 AM | Reply

  2. You seem to be conflating two different shipping routes. Yong Sheng is using the N. East passage. Canada ice breaker is for the N. West passage.

    Comment by Bob Koss — August 29, 2013 @ 11:30 AM | Reply

    • I’m just wondering if the poor Canadian conditions are occurring also on the Russian side. News is scarce.

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — August 29, 2013 @ 11:41 AM | Reply

  3. Whatever is happening, she has a long,long way to go and freeze up is starting early.

    Comment by Fred from Canuckistan — August 29, 2013 @ 6:53 PM | Reply

    • A bit of browsing on that website and I found an article from April this year.

      “Earth Day Warning: 1,600 Years of Ice in Andes Melted in 25 Years”

      At the end of the article:
      In the past, Thompson has been outspoken about the dangers of global climate change. In 2010 Thompson argued that virtually all climatologists were convinced that “global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization.”

      Maybe we should ask Mr. Lonnie Thompson now what he thinks about the coldest (global warming) temperatures in a decade.

      I know that the AGW believer will say “It’s just weather”. However, if it would be a heatwave then this would be a sign of the climate change.

      Comment by juergenuie — August 31, 2013 @ 2:39 AM | Reply

  4. I’ve also been following the Yong Sheng. It seems to have disappeared from the tracking sites over the past 18 hours or so. Last location was N73.08 E158.33
    In any case, there’s no way it will make Rotterdam by 9/11.

    Comment by Tony — September 1, 2013 @ 7:02 AM | Reply

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