Shipping in the Bering Strait Region

Challenges and Solutions in the Era of Climate Change

A slow moving ship through ice floes.
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Less Ice, More Ships = New Challenges

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Overview

The Bering Strait

The sun's reflection on Arctic sea ice.
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Ship Strikes and Underwater Noise

A WHALE DIVES UNDER WHILE AS A CARGO SHIP PASSES IN THE DISTANCE.
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Heavy Fuel Oil

The bow of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Beaufort Sea, northeast of Barrow, Alaska.
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Shipping Emissions

RED OIL TANKER ANCHORED OFFSHORE AND RUNNING ITS ENGINES.
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At-Sea-Transfer of Fuel

A SHIP TO SHIP TRANSFER OF FUEL KNOWN AS "LIGHTERING."
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Sewage and Greywater Pollution

A LARGE TANKER SHIP PUMPING IS BILGE.
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No-Go Zones for Shipping

A "ROAD END" SIGN AT THE EDGE OF THE BERING SEA PACK ICE, NOME, ALASKA.
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Shipping in the Bering Strait Region

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Container ship on sea ice.
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Improving shipping safety will help protect the Bering Strait for future generations.”

Janis Searles Jones, CEO Ocean Conservancy
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— Janis Searles Jones, CEO Ocean Conservancy

Container ship on sea ice.
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The Bering Strait is a place like nowhere else on Earth — and it's worth protecting.

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This Web Story is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Support for the research in this project was provided by the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts.