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.