US and Russia propose two-way route system for vessels in Bering Sea and Strait

The US and Russia have proposed a voluntary two-way route system for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea.

A US Coast Guard (USCG) press release said the two countries have made the recommendation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, including commercial cargo carriers.

They plan to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas which, if followed, should reduce the chance of ships hitting shoals or reefs and causing maritime casualties.

These proposed routes would be voluntary for all US, Russian and international ships and no additional aids to navigation are being proposed.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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