Arctic Coast Guard Forum established

The eight nations with borders onto the Arctic will sign a deal next week to create the Arctic Coast Guard Forum.

“(The forum) will be an operationally focused organization that strengthens maritime co-operation and co-ordination in the Arctic,” the United States Coast Guard said.

“The impetus for creating (it) grew out of the concerns of Arctic Council member countries over the increasing need to ensure safety, security, and stewardship of Arctic waters.”

The forum, which will meet in Connecticut next week, will also discuss emergency response, icebreaking and collaboration, said a statement from the Canadian government.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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