Canada: Ocean mapping efforts in Canada”s Arctic have uncovered a new passage for increasing shipping traffic to Canadian territory of Iqaluit. “It”s a much better approach to Iqaluit. It”s a deeper and wider approach. This is great for shipping,” said Weston Renoud, a masters student in hydrography at the University of New Brunswick.
The new passage allows for two ships to pass in opposite directions and can be used by multiple ships at one time. The discovery is due, in part, to the increased effort by the Ocean Mapping Group, based out of UNB in Fredericton, to chart the ocean floor in Canada”s developing Arctic.The new route is subject to verification by the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the authority on the country”s nautical charts and navigation. It will review OMG”s data for any safety concerns and publish the route if it is approved.