Canada steps up surveillance on NW Passage -

Canada steps up surveillance on NW Passage

Radar, laser and infrared scanning network should detect any vessel taking Arctic route—on the surface or below


“Use it or lose it,” said the prime minister a couple of years back in reference to our tenuous Arctic sovereignty claims. But who’s already “using” the fast-melting waterways of the Northwest Passage? Russian subs? Danish adventurers? Hungry polar bears? We’re not entirely sure, so the Coast Guard has stepped up surveillance of the area with some new high-tech gear, including an array of scanners that detect the navigational radar of vessels, plus an optical system that uses laser and infrared imaging to monitor a strait from shore to shore. The information from these devices will travelvia satellite to an office in Halifax—though exactly what they’ll do if they find someone weaving between our icebergs is not yet clear.

The Chronicle-Herald

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Canada steps up surveillance on NW Passage

  1. Very Interesting .. next stop an agreement bewteen the Yanks and Us much like the St. Lawrence with the provisio that we get recognition re: Law Of The Sea … very interesting indeed!

  2. What will they do? Why, we'll do what we've done before. We will grant unrequested permission for them to be there, and call that evidence of our sovereignty.

  3. We could send a Boat there and have a look, that also would make us present. pehaps one of those leaking subs we bought from Britain, or at least some fishing boats from Newfoundland since the don't need them anymore. I am willing to pay for a couple of Paddles.