Melting Arctic brings new opportunities

22 Decem­ber 2011, Aljazeera, Michael Byers
Van­cou­ver, Canada - “For the first time in my life, I’m try­ing to find ice.”

Alex Mac­In­tyre was stand­ing on the bridge of the Akademik Ioffe as the Russian-flagged ice-strengthened cruise ship tra­versed the North­west Pas­sage last sum­mer. A Cana­dian ice-pilot with four decades of Arc­tic expe­ri­ence, Mac­In­tyre remem­bers when the route was choked with sea-ice that was 10 to 15 metres thick.