The Arctic is undergoing unprecedented change on multiple fronts, including the region’s growing maritime traffic. In the last decade, the number of vessels operating in waters north of the Bering Strait has increased by 128%, impacting requirements for search and rescue, landside infrastructure, and real-time environmental observations. The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) recently published a report that details past and present vessel activity patterns for the area and projects how many vessels might be expected in the region over the next decade through four scenarios. A Hill brief on the Arctic vessel projection report, hosted by the Arctic Caucus, will be provided by the CMTS.
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